Casey Affleck Won't Be Presenting Best Actress At This Year's Oscars
If you were holding out to see how this year's Best Actress Oscar Winner responds to Casey Affleck in her moment of triumph, it ain't gonna happen.
Affleck's Best Actor win last year for "Manchester by the Sea" was clouded by news that he had settled claims of sexual harassment with two women. Brie Larson (the previous year's Best Actress winner, who presented him with his statuette), pointedly refused to clap for him.
Responding to the backlash against his Oscar win last year, Affleck told the Boston Globe, "I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else." As for what he can do about the allegations, he said, "There's really nothing I can do about it. Other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time."
In a post-Harvey Weinstein world with the #MeToo movement still in full swing, Affleck has opted to drop out of this year's Oscars. Deadline reports that he has notified the Academy he will not be attending this year.
According to Deadline, the actor "did not want to become a distraction from the focus that should be on the performances of the actresses in the category."
So if you, like some folks on Twitter, were hoping to see Frances McDormand (the Best Actress frontrunner after her Golden Globes and SAG Award wins) punch out Affleck, you're out of luck.
Affleck starred (mostly under a white sheet) in the 2017 film "A Ghost Story." He's also writing, starring, and directing in "Light of My Life," and costarring with Robert Redford in "The Old Man and the Gun."