Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

James Franco attends SAG Awards amid sexual misconduct controversy

James Franco attends SAG Awards amid sexual misconduct controversy

Alison Brie has more than little awkwardly attempted to dodge questions about the sexual misconduct allegations being made against her brother-in-law James Franco while being interviewed on this year's SAG Awards red carpet.

Franco, who is nominated for best actor for his role in "The Disaster Artist", skipped last week's Critics' Choice Movie Awards in the wake of the controversy and missed the chance to pick up his trophy.

E! News' Giuliana Rancic brought up the Time's Up movement that has dominated the Golden Globes and noted Brie's support of it. Rancic then said because the movement is so heavily dependent on transparency, she wanted to know Brie's thoughts on the allegations against Franco.

Despite reports that Franco is struggling with the accusations, when asked if he is doing all right, Brie said, "I think so". And not everything that's been reported is fully accurate, so I think we're waiting to get all the information. I think the point of this whole thing is that we listen.

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Johansson's remark referred to the fact that Franco wore a TIME'S UP pin to the Golden Globes.

At the Golden Globes on January 7, Seth Meyers won praise for threading the needle, referencing Hollywood's sexual harassment scandals while ginning up genuine belly laughs. The women who shared their experiences with Franco did so, they said, because he was wearing a Times Up pin in support of the movement in Hollywood inspired by #MeToo. "I don't want to shut them down in any way".

As for the SAG Awards themselves, the best ensemble prize is arguably the most consequential: for the past years 21, every Oscar best picture victor has either won or been nominated for that award. The 2018 ceremony is all about women with only female presenters.

Early award winners included William H. Macy for best actor in a comedy series and Julia Louis Dreyfus for best actress in a comedy series, and Allison Janney for best supporting actress for her role in "I, Tonya".

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