Casey Affleck Is Finally Cancelled: Why He Won’t Present At The 2018 Oscars
The actor reportedly will not attend the 2018 Academy Awards amid #MeToo backlash.
A long-standing Oscars tradition is for the previous year's Best Actor winner to present the following year's Best Actress Award. But the tradition will be broken, with last year's winner Casey Affleck voluntarily withdrawing from this year's entire award ceremony.
Why Casey Affleck Haw Withdrawn Himself From Presenting & Attending The 2018 Oscars:
Despite, winning the Best Actor Oscar in 2017 for his performance in Manchester By the Sea, Affleck has faced criticism amid the #MeToo movement for allegations of sexual misconduct in the past.
The actor was sued by two different women coworkers of harassment and inappropriate behavior while on the set of I'm Still Here. Affleck has denied the allegations, and settled out of court with both women for undisclosed amounts..
As a result of these accusations, director Cameron Bossert created an online petition back in October calling for the Academy to remove Affleck as a presenter. It appears that Affleck has made this decision for them. Affleck has rightfully chosen to exclude himself from the award ceremony, eliminating a potentially awkward or upsetting situation for the Academy and the five nominated lead actresses.
This would not have been the first time Affleck's presence at the Academy Awards was met with controversy. When Affleck won the Best Actor award last year, 2016's Best Actress Brie Larson appeared to make a powerful statement of her own regarding the allegations against him.
After reading his name, she noticeably did not applaud Affleck as he approached the podium to make his acceptance speech.
My aesthetic: Brie Larson not clapping for literal trash hole casey affleck pic.twitter.com/Ci5LWXLkCr— Tyler Struble (@tyler_struble) February 27, 2017
Larson's simple and understated gesture — or lack thereof — served as scathing reminder that powerful men in Hollywood continue to be celebrated regardless of any troubling accusations against them.