2018 Oscars acting nominations slugfest: Did the #MeToo movement stop James Franco (‘The Disaster Artist’) for Best Actor? [WATCH]

Although he expects to get some feces hurled at him, Gold Derby contributor Charles Bright expresses his dissatisfaction at James Franco‘s Best Actor Oscar snub for “The Disaster Artist” in our recent webcam slugfest (watch the video above). “That performance is so central to everything that is so wonderful about that movie,” he states. Long thought to be a frontrunner after winning the Golden Globe as Best Comedy/Musical Actor, Franco found himself left out in the cold when the Academy Award nominations were announced on Tuesday. Did allegations of sexual misconduct, dropped days before voting ended, stop his campaign dead in its tracks? Bright joins contributors Riley ChowKevin Jacobson, and Zach Laws to hash that out along with all the other surprises in the four acting categories.

SEE 2018 Oscar nominations: Full list of Academy Awards nominees in all 24 categories

I believe that “it was always a six-person race” for Best Actor. After all, something had to give with one of the SAG nominees (Franco, Timothee Chalamet in “Call Me By Your Name,” Daniel Kaluuya in “Get Out,” Gary Oldman in “Darkest Hour,” and Denzel Washington in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”) making room for BAFTA and Globe contender Daniel Day-Lewis (“Phantom Thread”). But how was Washington, who our odds had ranked in 8th place, able bump Franco? Perhaps his loss last year for “Fences” to Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”) gave him “a lot of residual goodwill.”

Jacobson was most upset by the absence of two “Call Me By Your Name” stars (Armie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg) in Best Supporting Actor. “I kind of feel bad for Armie Hammer more in particular because I think he really wanted this,” he divulges. “He’s been campaigning like crazy for a full year for this movie, and for him to not get in is just kind of sad.” The two missed the cut for Willem Dafoe (“The Florida Project”), Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Richard Jenkins (“The Shape of Water”), Christopher Plummer (“All the Money in the World”), and Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”).

Chow was quick to point out that Harrelson and Rockwell became the first performers nominated in Supporting Actor for the same film since Harvey Keitel and Ben Kingsley in “Bugsy” (1991), a stat Hammer and Stuhlbarg hoped to break. “Double nominees is something that happens at SAG or BAFTA or various other awards,” he explains. But because the Oscars employ a ranked system that counts #1 choices first before #2 or #3 preferences are considered, “it makes it so hard to be the second person in your movie and then ride those votes out.”

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