Casey Affleck Will Not Be Attending Or Presenting At This Year's Oscars
Can we get a 'BYE BITCH' on three?
Casey Affleck, winner of Actor in a Leading Role at last year's Academy Awards for his admittedly stirring performance in Manchester By The Sea, will not be attending this year's ceremony.
Upon his award buzz last year, it became public knowledge that he was accused of sexually harassing two female crew members on the set of his 2010 film I'm Still Here. He denied the allegations and it was settled out of court, but this was very much a predecessor to the #MeToo movement that completely took over Hollywood in 2017. So much so that when Brie Larson presented him with his award for Actor in a Leading Role, she famously refused to clap.
But why is his absence so important? Well, besides directly conflicting with the movement that Hollywood is currently undergoing, tradition would have it that Affleck would present this year's Actress in a Leading Role award.
On top of that, people have noted the absence of James Franco in the nominations for Actor in a Leading Role - a nom most thought was locked in considering his performance in The Disaster Artist - this year with some people assuming that this is due to the allegations that surfaced post Franco's Golden Globe win for the same performance.
No word yet on who will be presenting either Frances McDormand, Meryl Streep, Sally Hawkins, Saoirse Ronan or our very own Margot Robbie with the prestigious award, but we definitely think this is a good move on behalf of both Affleck and the Academy.
- Jackson Langford