Casey Affleck Bails on The Oscars Won't Present Best Actress Award

Casey Affleck Bails on The Oscars Won't Present Best Actress Award

Darren Sullivan
January 27, 2018

In another apparent effect of the #MeToo movement, last year's best actor Oscar victor Casey Affleck will not be presenting at or attending the 90th Academy Awards. Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson presented the award to him during the 2017 ceremony and many noticed the actress' refusal to clap for the actor, a silent demonstration of her disapproval. A rep for the actor said he would not attend the Oscar ceremonies.

Affleck's potential involvement had already drawn criticism in the midst of the ongoing #MeToo movement due to sexual harassment allegations made in two settled lawsuits against the 41-year-old. When 2016 Best Actress victor Brie Larson, a vocal advocate for victims of harassment and assault, presented him with his Oscar a year ago, she pointedly did not clap after handing him the award and later implied she'd done that on goal.

Both women alleged they were verbally berated by Affleck and he had someone else working for him expose himself to them alongside other misconduct allegations.

When speaking with the Boston Globe back in February of 2017, Casey said "mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent", and each person deserves respectful treatment. I guess people think if you're well-known, it's perfectly fine to say anything you want.

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The AP reports an unnamed film academy spokesperson "says they appreciate the decision to keep the focus on the show and on the great work of this year". Affleck stated that he would continue to live life by his value systems and there was "nothing (he) could do" about the charges.

Without Affleck, there's no telling who will present the award.

Affleck's decision to withdraw from the Oscars ceremony comes amid the continuing "Me Too" movement in Hollywood, which took off following the abuse allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. But it could be Leonardo DiCaprio, who won best actor in 2016 for his role in "The Revenant".