The wave of sexual harassment allegations sparked by the #MeToo movement has forced a past winner of the Best Actor Academy Award to quit as a presenter at this year’s Oscars.
According to a report by The Daily Mail, Casey Affleck was supposed to present the Best Actress Oscar, which is traditionally presented by the previous year’s winner for Best Actor. Even when Affleck won Best Actor last year for his performance in Manchester by the Sea, he was already facing criticism for his treatment of women on the set of his films, an open secret in Hollywood.
As the backlash against such behavior in Hollywood has increased, individuals like Casey Affleck find themselves no longer tolerated or welcomed. And so, he’ll be staying home to watch the festivities this year.
Casey Affleck has withdrawn from the Oscars where he was due to present the Best Actress award.
On Thursday, it was revealed the 42-year-old had notified the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences that he will not be attending this year’s awards on March 4.
Sources said he does not want to distract from the women nominated in the category he was due to present.
Affleck’s decision comes a year after his controversial victory in the male category and in the thick of the Me Too movement.
In 2017, he took home the Oscar for his performance in Manchester By The Sea, a win which offended actresses including Brie Larson because of lingering accusations that he sexually harassed or was inappropriate towards two female colleagues in 2010.
Affleck settled their allegations with undisclosed financial sums and the topic was scarcely discussed.
When Larson refused to applaud him last year, she reminded the industry of those allegations.
As the winner of the 2016 Best Actress award, she had been tasked with presenting Affleck the honor.
After calling it his name out, she watched from the side as he accepted the award and thanked colleagues and families.
Her disdained face was the image which became synonymous with his victory.
Among the nominees in this year’s category for Best Actress are Frances McDormand, a forceful voice in the Me Too, Time’s Up movement, and feminist favorite Meryl Streep.
Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie and Sally Hawkins are also nominated.
The news that Affleck would no longer be attending was revealed first by Deadline.
The allegations against Affleck were made by two women who worked with him while he filmed I’m Still Here, a little known picture produced by Joaquin Phoenix, Affleck’s former brother-in-law.