James Franco won the best actor award at the Critics’ Choice Awards for his role in The Disaster Artist, but the embattled actor was a no-show at the ceremony Thursday. “James couldn’t be here, so we accept this on his behalf,” said presenter Walter Goggins on stage after Franco won.
The award was handed out during the online-only telecast of the Critics’ Choice Awards, which aired before the CW broadcast the two final hours of the program.
Franco has become increasingly embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal following his appearance at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday. At the Globes, Franco won for best actor.and wore a Time’s Up pin showing his support for the new initiative, which is devoted to addressing sexual harassment in the workplace and promoting gender equality. After his win, several women alluded to Franco’s alleged history of misconduct on Twitter.
Organizers for the program gave no explanation for Franco’s absence and said the portion of the show was always intended to be aired in the online portion only. Franco’s representative did not immediately respond to USA TODAY to explain Franco’s absence.