A lot has been said about Sunday night’s Oscar show, but one thing that’s drawing attention is Casey Affleck’s win for Best Actor for Manchester by the Sea amid the sexual harassment allegations against him.
Affleck spoke to the Boston Globe after his win about the renewed focus on these allegations. “There’s really nothing I can do about it, other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time,” Affleck stated.
Because the allegations were settled out of court, Affleck and anyone involved in the case cannot discuss the details. But Affleck did say, “I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else.”
Right after his win, there was an immediate backlash on Twitter from Constance Wu, BJ Novak, and many others. Vocal advocate for sexual assault survivors, Brie Larson, refused to clap for Affleck after presenting him with his award. Larson previously won an Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of a rape victim in Room.
“Can we check Best Actor again.” Novak tweeted. Wu responded with “Boys! BUY ur way out of trouble by settling out of court! Just do a good acting job, that’s all that matters!”
The sexual harassment allegations were filed by Magdalena Górka, an experienced Polish cinematographer and producer Amanda White in 2010 about the 2008 production of I’m Still Here. Both women allege that Affleck, Joaquin Phoenix, and other crew members threw lewd and disturbing comments at them and both claimed they endured unwanted sexual advances.
You can read the entire claim and details here.