Friday, February 28, 2014

Loving the Alien: See Why James Franco Shoulda Been Best Supporting Actor Midnight at Belcourt

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Spraaaaang break forever, bitchez! Sunday night The Belcourt will host its annual red-carpet gala fundraiser centering on the Academy Awards telecast. There'll be stylish evening wear, a lavish layout of food, lots of drinks to help lubricate those Bruce Vilanch zingers, and a silent auction full of cinephile candy (still kicking ourselves for missing that signed QT Pulp Fiction poster).

The only thing missing will be James Franco accepting the Best Supporting Actor Oscar he deserves for Spring Breakers.

Even with the Academy's allergy to Spring Breakers auteur Harmony Korine — whose nervy, scintillating direction showed he could satisfy the demands of mainstream entertainment without sacrificing the outlaw originality of his earlier movies — you'd think the actors' branch would have recognized Franco's performance for what it is: a daredevil act where the performer risks vanity, humiliation and career suicide in total sync with a filmmaker's extreme vision. (The outtakes above hint at the madness Franco was channeling.) Then again, another actor gave about five performances in 2011-2012 of similar daring without so much as a nomination. This year, Matthew McConaughey's finally up.

So see what the Academy missed tonight and tomorrow night, as The Belcourt screens Spring Breakers at midnight. It's worth going just for that amazing title font.

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