On Thursday, an Oscars spokesperson confirmed to multiple news outlets that Casey Affleck, who won the Best Actor award last year, would not be attending the show or presenting this year. Affleck won for his leading role in Manchester by the Sea in 2017 and it is customary for the previous year’s winner to present the honor at the next awards. Considering the current Me Too/Time’s Up climate, that’s probably not such a good idea for Affleck. To be quite honest, it’s probably best he stays as far away as possible.
Casey Affleck has been a controversial figure since 2010 when he settled sexual harassment cases with two women he worked with on his film, I’m Still Here. Producer Amanda White claimed that Affleck had asked her to stay in his hotel room and “grabbed her” when she rejected him and moved to leave. The film’s cinematographer, Magdalena Gorka, alleged that Affleck climbed into bed with her after a late shoot and grew angry after she told him to leave. She also claimed that he made inappropriate comments to her on set, including telling her she should sleep with a camera assistant. Both cases were settled out of court to the tune of over $4 million between the two. Affleck has repeatedly denied the allegations.
When Affleck received his Oscar nomination and subsequent win last year, people were disappointed in the Academy’s acknowledgement of him. This year, those same people seem to be pleased that he won’t be attending or presenting — seriously, Time’s Up, Casey — but they are also saying it’s the least he could do. Some are even advocating for the Academy to revoke his honour from last year.
congrats on doing the bare minimum, palhttps://t.co/UkIbGnbnA0
— Alexandra Natale (@alexjnatale) January 25, 2018
Casey Affleck won’t be presenting Best Actress at the Oscars so maybe they can just have Denzel Washington do since he should be doing it anyway. #Oscars
— Erik Anderson (@awards_watch) January 25, 2018
Denzel Washington should have won the Best Actor Oscar for Fences anyway. (Don’t @ me!)
— Joanna🍷 (@JoannaConn3lly) January 25, 2018
— Hailey (@JoChou4) January 25, 2018
In other news, Casey Affleck will not be presenting the award for Best Actress at the 90th Academy Awards because he doesn’t want Frances McDormand to knee him in the groin, physically and verbally. pic.twitter.com/ZUqslD34tz
— Katie Sirles (@mister_quint) January 25, 2018
Casey Affleck, who has been sued for sexual harassment by two of his coworkers, bows out of presenting the Oscar for Best Actress this year. pic.twitter.com/QH4LWZcmd1
— AJ+ (@ajplus) January 25, 2018
Here’s a list of some of the people who could present the award instead: Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Mira Sorvino, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie. https://t.co/wd7Q54TnZ0
— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) January 25, 2018
It’s like pop culture slapped Casey Affleck with a restraining order https://t.co/bEAHgvVcRw
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) January 25, 2018
Time to bring back that gif of Brie Larson not clapping for Casey Affleck when he won the Oscar. pic.twitter.com/xBZ80Tgk2Y
— Ibrahim Banks (@TheShowOff85) January 26, 2018
Maybe the Academy will pull an All the Money in the World and replace Affleck with Christopher Plummer. Or, you know, a woman.
BREAKING: Christopher Plummer to replace Casey Affleck at the Oscars. pic.twitter.com/G7IPCHPjwu
— The Pixel Factor (@ThePixelFactor) January 25, 2018