The 2018 Golden Globes award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy transitioned from a fairly standard affair to one of great amusement for viewers. With James Franco taking out the title for his performance in The Disaster Artist, a moment that seemed to be crowned by the actor physically and awkwardly preventing Tommy Wiseau from making an on-stage speech, it was the reaction of fellow nominee Hugh Jackman that stole the headlines.
The Logan star would be in contention in the category for The Greatest Showman, a picture that received a mixed reception from moviegoers and critics alike. Appearing confused and bemused, Jackman's facial expression spoke volumes.
Fans Perplexed, But None More So Than Jackman
Twitter users did not lose anything in the interpretation of the events, seeing the actor's 7 year journey into the movie overlooked in favor of Franco. While there were many other headline-grabbing moments of the night to celebrate the Globe's 75th anniversary, this stood out.
@LLowndsey888: "Hugh Jackman's reaction to James franco is everything. He was robbed... #GoldenGlobes."
@MrFilmKritik: "Hugh Jackman’s face upon seeing he lost Best Actor for his circus musical to James Franco imitating Tommy Wiseau is my new favorite reaction image to everything ever.
@davelozo: "When you're a talented song and dance man not to mention Wolverine and you lose out to James Franco #GoldenGlobes."
@standingingrace: "Hugh Jackman's face during James Franco's speech is how I feel about the start of 2018 #GoldenGlobes."
Rather than acknowledge the obvious reaction, Jackman would instead congratulate the behind the scenes team of The Greatest Showman for claiming Best Original Song.
"Huge congrats @pasekandpaul @GreatestShowman@kealasettle #HFPA #ThisIsMe."
Deleted Tweets Open Floodgates On Franco's Dubious History
While that reaction was an intriguing subplot to talk over, there would be something more sinister at play regarding Franco's award win at the Globes. Actress Ally Sheedy would be involved with the actor in an off-broadway production back in 2014 and with a series of tweets that have since been deleted, she intimated that it was Franco's conduct that convinced her to leave the business permanently.
"Why is a man hosting?" she asked. "Why is James Franco allowed in? Said too much. Nite love ya. Ok wait. Bye. Christian Slater and James Franco at a table (at the) Golden Globes #MeToo. James Franco just won. Please never ask me why I left the film/tv business."
This would be followed by other women coming forward on the social media platform, alleging serious cases of sexual harassment.
Sarah Tither-Kaplan: "Hey James Franco, nice #timesup pin at the #GoldenGlobes , remember a few weeks ago when you told me the full nudity you had me do in two of your movies for $100/day wasn't exploitative because I signed a contract to do it? Times up on that!"
Violet Paley: "Cute #TIMESUP pin James Franco. Remember the time you pushed my head down in a car towards your exposed penis & that other time you told my friend to come to your hotel when she was 17? After you had already been caught doing that to a different 17 year old?"
April Wolfe: "After my profile of Franco was published, some people reached out to tell me about encounters with him. I knew a story was being worked on by some reporters, but these folks got impatient. It’s hard to watch someone who hurt you be lavished w/ praise."