Justin Timberlake Campaigning for ‘Social Network’ Supporting Actor Oscar Nomination

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 4th, 2013 at 3:50 am,

The Social Network2 Justin Timberlake Campaigning for Social Network Supporting Actor Oscar Nomination

The Social Network was one of the best received movies of the past year—critically and otherwise—and it’s practically guaranteed a Best Picture nomination at the 2011 Academy Awards, if not the Oscar itself. You can also expect to see director David Finch, actor Jesse Eisenberg, and writer Aaron Sorkin to get nominations in their respective fields.

But what about the rest of the cast? What’s the likelihood that, say, singer-dancer-actor Justin Timberlake, who played Napster creator Sean Parker, might get nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category? According to The New York Post, Timberlake is bound and determined to get said nomination, to the point that he plans to campaign personally by attending Academy screenings and rubbing elbows with the Hollywood elite.

So says a source close to Justin Timberlake:

“He’s hell-bent on getting a nomination this year even though he has tough competition from his co-star Andrew Garfield. […] Sony is footing the bill for advertising the awards campaign, but Justin is also doing things his own way, including attending Academy screenings on his own and privately reaching out to award winners and Academy darlings Tom Hanks and Kevin Spacey for campaigning advice.”

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that Timberlake did a surprisingly good job as the human weasel (otherwise known as Sean Parker). But that’s just it—it was good. The performance wasn’t extraordinary. It wasn’t mind-blowing. And it certainly neither matched nor exceeded fellow Social Network cast member Andrew Garfield’s turn as Eduardo Saverin. There’s a reason millions of Spider-Man fans stood up and cheered for Garfield after The Social Network was over—he was so damn good, and likable, and charming, and down-to-Earth, that he assuaged nearly all of their fears regarding the casting of Garfield as the new Peter Parker in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. Just like that.

Again, I say, Timberlake is a good actor, but he’s not a great actor—at least, not in my opinion. Not yet. I can’t imagine why he’s so hell-bent on getting an Oscar nod after only a half-decade of acting (in mostly terrible movies, I might add, including Southland Tales, Shrek the Third, and The Love Guru). Everyone knows that when it comes to the Academy Awards, actors have to pay their dues and move up the ladder ever-so-slowly or else blow their chances altogether. I can’t imagine it’s a brilliant strategic move to go with a full-court press the first time you’re in a movie that everybody loves.

When reached for comment, Timberlake’s reps dodged the question altogether:

“He’s doing everything to support Social Network.”

Well, that’s a non-denial denial if I’ve ever heard one.

Recently, it was announced that James Franco and Anne Hathaway will host the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, which is scheduled to air February 27th, 2011 (nominations are announced one month prior on January 25th). Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake’s next film, Yogi Bear, in which he plays Boo-Boo Bear, hits theaters December 17th, 2010.

What’re your thoughts? Do you think Justin Timberlake deserves a nomination for his work on The Social Network? Or do you think there are other more deserving supporting actors out there? Let us know in the comments.

Source: The New York Post

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  1. He 100% does not deserve to be nominated. NOt to say that he did a bad job, which he didn’t, but rather to say that there are are more than a handful of actors (including Andrew Garfield) that had better acting performances this past year.
    Just because he wants to be nominated does not mean he should. If anything nominate Garfield, Timberlake’s performance was good but easily forgetable. Furtheremore, he was barely in the film

  2. Oscar nomination? This is a joke, right? I’m sorry but of all the actors in that movie, he would be the last one to even consider for an Oscar. I thought the twins did a better job. Not to say Justin wasn’t Ok, he was, but no where near Oscar level.

  3. What an ego on this guy. I didnt care for the film, nor him being in it at all.

  4. Its funny, because I don’t even think eisenberg deserves an oscar nomination for the role. It was convincing, certainly, but it wasn’t a Taxi Driver performance or anything. I don’t believe that out of all the movies who fulfill the academy award criteria, there isn’t 5 other better performances.
    Just because this movie gets nominated in best movie/script/director categories, doesn’t mean it should be represented in the best actor categories.

    But what do I know, I was after all disappointed in the movie, and consider Finchers older stuff much more solid.

  5. Silly Justin Timberlake, oscars are for actors. Cry me a river.

    • Nicely put! hahaha

  6. It’s amazing to me how many blogs pick up a story created by a tabloid and run with it. If you even bothered to listen to Justin in any of his interviews when they bring up the Oscar buzz, he dosen’t want to talk about it. He has told interviewers over and over he dosen’t want to focus on the buzz around him. He’d rather they focus on the buzz around the movie, director, writer, and other actors. Sony will pay to promote ALL the actors in the Social Network because thats what all movie studios do. Don’t expect Timberlake though to do anymore promoting of himself then he’s required by the studio to do.

  7. Forcefully campaigning might undo the decent job he did. No one likes a weasel.
    Maybe he should just back off and find a leading role in something, then see what happens….

    • what a putts!! let others do it for you mr glory hog! iam sure lebron james will tweet you, and tell you, “do whats good for yourself and your family” hahahahaha…

  8. Garfield is probably too modest to campaign for himself, but he was so much better than Timberlake in that movie. Not even close.

  9. JT does NOT deserve a nomination. It’s incredibly tacky that he’s even pulling for one. Let the real star of this movie, Jesse Eisenberg, have his moment. And I agree, Justin Timberlake has the potential to become a better actor–academy award winning? I’m not so sure–but he certainly isn’t great at the moment.

  10. I think he needs more acting work under his belt before he goes after Oscars. How often he actually appears in the movie is pointless. An actor appeared in a movie for a mere 4 minutes and managed to snag an Oscar… That would be Dame Judi Dench in Shakespeare in Love… But he needs to work his way up or if he had a remarkable role that blew everyone away, sure…

  11. Don’t be hatin’ on Southland Tales. Kelly is the man.

  12. You would never see a stage trained actor or even Tom Cruise beg for an Oscar.

    Where’s this guy from, some boy band?

  13. I read an article a couple of months ago right before The Social Network was due out. Apparently, if Justin gets himself an Oscar nod he plans to leave music and start acting full time. So he’d basically pull a Mark Wahlberg (Markie Mark). As an Nsync fan, I think he needs to shut up and do a reunion tour before he hangs up his Grammys. As a movie fan having never seen The Social Network, I think he needs to get off his high horse and put some more movies under his belt. I don’t think he’ll be getting that Oscar nod.

  14. Wow, really? I loved the film but I didn’t think his performance was anything special. He pretty mugged played himself with a different name. Dthe guy who played the twins is far more deserving than him. Even Andrew Garfield was more impressive than Timberlake.

    • Much not mugged. Edit button please Vic :).

  15. Ah yes, not one positive comment. This egomaniac just makes me wanna… gah!

  16. You’re all pathetic. You hate on the guy even though according to the majority of people who have seen the film think he deserves the buzz.
    Seriously, you all hate on what you consider to be “mainstream” yet don’t stop to consider that it’s mainstream because it’s popular.
    And to say the guy can’t act sing or dance?
    The comments on this site make me laugh at just how pathetic you little fanboys are. Stick to watching reruns of Star Trek and endlessly debating just how bad the new Star Wars movies are.
    Leave the social commentary to people who actually have a social life.
    Luckily the reporting and analysis on this site is probably the best on the web. Because most of you ruin the experience with your close minded comments.

    • Leithal, dont worry you can love on justin timberlake all you want here. All opinions are welcome.

      • It’s really not about loving on the guy. It’s about being sick of all the negative comments that float around on this site. 100% love this site for what it offers but there is just sooooo much negativity.

        • It is called screenrant, hence the word rant. And it’s not negativity, it’s that most people here think his performance wasn’t oscar worthy and that there were others in the movies who deserve it more. Tell me how saying another actor from the same film deserving an oscar nod is negative?

          • That’s not what’s negative. I agree that Garfield is a better choice for an award. It’s about the little snide remarks that people put in that have nothing to do with the actual topic.
            I’m not trying to tell people not to have, and voice, their opinions. All I want is for people to have a little respect.

            • I’ll have respect for him when he repects the Film business. Campaigning/Begging for an oscar nod shows he has little respect for the Business in my opinion.

        • Lethal,

          First, thanks for the kind words about the site.

          Second, compared to pretty much every site out there, I’d say we’re pretty mild here overall. Everyone has their little hot button issues, right? :-D

          Best regards,


  17. I dunno, I see more people giving him an “attaboy” for doing a did a decent job (just not award-worthy), only one really over the top comment here ripping him to pieces.

    • I was just about to say something similar. I don’t see anyone ripping him apart; it’s just his performance was overshadowed by better performers.

  18. If he gets nominated and someone like christian bale gets left out then I call BS on the “academy”

  19. interstin

  20. The one way to NEVER win an Oscar is to beg for it (especially this early).

    Anyone remember Chill Wills, Margaret Avery, and Diana Ross and their “campaigns” for this award (which anyway has diminished in respectability since “Brokeback Mountain” lost Best Picture to–uh, give me a minute—-it’ll come to me later….

  21. I consider “The Social Network” one of the best films of the year. However, I believe the film belongs to Jesse Eisenberg, but of course he’s a virtual unknown to Justin who seems to be getting all the attention for the movie. He was decent as Sean Parker but I think the other supporting players like Andrew and Armie deserve a nomination more than him. Would be great to see them all nominated (but that would so not happen).

  22. No, Timberlake isn’t personally campaigning for an Oscar. Sony is campaigning for all the actors for Oscar. That was nothing more then Page Six tabloid site making up a story then all of you running with it. If you had watched any of Timberlakes interviews you would know he has said he dosen’t want to focus on this Oscar talk about him. He’d rather people focused more on the talk about the Movie, Director, Screenwriter and the other actors possibly being nominated. He’ll do what Sony requires all of them to do for appearances but he’s not personally campaigning.

    • According to the NY Post (among other sources)he is.

    • Why didn’t they deny it, then? Why are you the only one denying it?

  23. And if it’s not true, I guess he should sue them.