Justin Timberlake: Oscar Nominee? A Facebook Group Campaigns and Experts Weigh-In

A riveting performance as the sleazy Napster mastermind inspires a Facebook campaign to get him nominated

This February you could very well be hearing the words, "And the Oscar goes to Justin Timberlake" ...and it won't be in the Best Original Song category. Timberlake is garnering major buzz for the highly anticipated film, The Social Network (or, if you must, "The Facebook Movie".)

In the film, the 29-year-old singer/actor/Saturday Night Live host extraordinaire plays Napster creator Sean Parker. ABC News' glowing review of the film calls Timberlake's "more than meets the eye" Parker, "downright evil," and the multi-talented star "exudes sexy arrogance in his portrayal."

Now, PopEater.com has started a campaign on, where else?--- Facebook---to push for a Timberlake Oscar nomination. The website writes that, " JT steps up his game in Network, injecting a cool and sinister confidence into his portrayal of Parker," and that he is, "the hidden gem in the best movie of the year."

The group, called "Nominate "The Social Network" Star Justin Timberlake for an Oscar!" was launched on Thursday. Timberlake's own Facebook fan page has more than 3 million fans, so don't be surprised if this campaign really takes off. 

It also wouldn't be the fist time a Mickey Mouse Club member got a nomination. MMC alum Ryan Gosling scored a Best Actor nod for his work in the gritty 2006 drama Half Nelson.

Even some experts agree that Timberlake has a decent shot at a nomination (though, they also all agree, not likely a win.) Pete Hammond of Deadline.com told the LA Times that Timberlake "will be nominated because it’s a very assured, cagey performance and because the film is going to be strong enough overall to be widely seen and will take him along for the ride."

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