We figured this news would be coming. According to a new report from Deadline, Casey Affleck has withdrawn from presenting the Best Actress Award at the 2018 Oscars. It’s tradition for the Best Actor winner from the previous year to present the Best Actress award the following year. Affleck won Best Actor at the 2017 Oscars for his performance in Manchester by the Sea.
Many people expressed how disappointed they’d be if Affleck got on stage to hand out the award. As most of you know, two women accused Affleck of sexual misconduct and just general inappropriate behavior while filming the 2010 film I’m Still Here. A settlement was reached and non-disclosure agreements were signed, so Affleck escaped the mess for several years.
But now that the #MeToo movement is here, those allegations against him are coming back to bite him in the ass. And instead of placing himself directly inside the fire, Affleck made the smart decision to remove himself from the upcoming Oscars.
“He has notified the Academy he will not be attending the event, sources said. I’ve heard that Affleck did not want to become a distraction from the focus that should be on the performances of the actresses in the category and that is why he made the proactive move. He was in a no-win situation, with all the attention surrounding the #MeToo movement. The specter of Affleck presenting would have created controversy.”
He definitely made the right decision.[mashshare]