While Denzel Washington was the front-runner, Affleck surprised (nearly) everyone with his win, upsetting odds makers who'd pegged Washington as all but a sure thing. Affleck's win is also the second Oscar to go to "Manchester by the Sea." The movie's writer/director, Kenneth Lonergan, won Best Original Screenplay earlier in the ceremony.
The five Best Actor nominees at this year's Academy Awards were Casey Affleck for "Manchester By the Sea," Denzel Washington for "Fences," "Andrew Garfield for "Hacksaw Ridge," Ryan Gosling for "La La Land," and Viggo Mortensen for "Captain Fantastic."
After the death of his older brother Joe, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked that Joe has made him sole guardian of his teenage nephew Patrick. Taking leave of his job as a janitor in Boston, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea, the fishing village where his working-class family has lived for generations. There, he is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife, Randi (Michelle Williams), and the community where he was born and raised. Read More