Casey Affleck will not present the Best Actress award at the Academy Awards. As tradition dictates, the winning Best Actor in the previous year usually does.
Affleck’s intention is to not distract from the historic Hollywood #MeToo movement, an individual familiar with the decision told TheWrap. In fact, the “Manchester By The Sea” star will not attend the ceremony at all.
In 2010, Affleck was served with a lawsuit by Amanda White and Magdalena Gorka, the producer and cinematographer who worked with him on the movie “I’m Still Here.” The two women outlined several instances of “uninvited and unwelcome sexual advances” during filming, which Affleck denied.
The lawsuits were settled out of court for an undisclosed amount, but they resurfaced in the media last year during the run-up to last year’s Oscars after he was nominated for his work in “Manchester By The Sea.” When Affleck was announced as the winner for Best Actor, 2016 Best Actress winner Brie Larson, who was presenting the award, simply gave the Oscar to Affleck and refused to applaud for him.
Deadline first reported the news.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 27: Actor Casey Affleck attends the 5th Annual Ping Pong 4 Purpose on July 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
US actor Casey Affleck poses for a picture ahead of a press conference on the movie 'A Ghost story' at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) in Karlovy Vary on July 02, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Michal Cizek (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
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SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Casey Affleck, winner of the Best Male Lead award for 'Manchester by the Sea' poses in the press room during the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Casey Affleck poses in the press room at the 89th annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Floriana Lima and Casey Affleck arrive for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor / Director Casey Affleck attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards press room on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Casey Affleck attends the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) at Royal Albert Hall on February 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 12: Casey Affleck seen attending the press room, during the 70th British Academy Film Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall on February 12, 2017 in London, England.
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Casey Affleck arrives at the 89th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)