Affleck's publicist said Thursday that the actor would not be at the ceremony on March 4 where, traditionally, he would have been expected to present the award for best actress as the reigning best actor victor. The allegations against Affleck stem from 2010 lawsuits filed by two women who worked with him on his controversial film starring Joaquin Phoenix, I'm Still Here.
In another apparent effect of the Me Too movement, last year's best actor Oscar victor Casey Affleck will not be presenting at or attending the 90th Academy Awards. That means Affleck would have been involved in a pivotal moment of the female winner's life...which, considering his past, is not exactly a great situation. The actor has since denied all the allegations and later settled both suits for undisclosed amounts with both women signing nondisclosure agreements.
"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", Affleck told TheBoston Globe.
After winning the Oscar previous year, Affleck told the Boston Globe in an interview, "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". "There's really nothing I can do about it". Now, a firm decision has been made, with Affleck himself opting out of the Oscars in order to avoid controversy, per Deadline. At the 81st Oscars, for example, each of the acting awards were presented by a quintet of past Oscar winners, and Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, who are producing this year's show, have been considering departing from tradition when it comes to presenting the acting awards this year. Actress Brie Larson famously did not clap when presenting Affleck with the award at the 2017 ceremony.
Affleck's representatives confirmed to CNN that he will not be attending this year's Academy Awards, which takes place on March 4. Then again, he could just be trying to avoid looking like an ass on national television.