Unlike Nate Parker, the sexual harassment allegations against Casey Affleck haven’t put much of a dent in his awards show game, and there’s a 99.99999% chance that he will wrap his fingers around Oscar’s body on February 26. The only way that won’t happen is if every Academy voter gets some sense knocked into them and finds a way to give the Best Actor Oscar to Bo Bice for the riveting and raw performance he gave in a local news interview.
Pretty much nothing good came out of the 2010 fake documentary I’m Still Here. Anyone who watched it, had to visit the free clinic to rid themselves of the creatures on Joaquin’s Phoenix’s raggedy beard that jumped through the screen and onto them. And much, much more seriously, the movie’s director Casey Affleck and members of the crew were accused of sexual harassment by two women who worked on that shit. The women both filed lawsuits and Casey later settled with them out of court. Because of the terms of the settlement, Casey can’t really talk about the allegations.
When Casey started to get Oscar buzz (I’m already dead inside, but I still die a little more inside whenever I type “Oscar buzz”) for his performance in Manchestuh By Da Sea, the allegations were brought back out. Variety published a profile on Casey last October and asked him about the settlement and allegations. His only response was: “I guess people think if you’re well-known, it’s perfectly fine to say anything you want. I don’t know why that is. But it shouldn’t be, because everybody has families and lives.”
And when Casey won Best Actor in a Drama at the Golden Globes last night, he talked about the “noise” his kids have to deal with. The Huffington Post thinks that by “noise,” Casey meant those sexual harassment allegations.
“Lastly, despite how I may think I’m in charge at my house, it’s my kids who give me permission to do this because they have the character to keep at bay all the noise that sometimes surrounds people who live publicly, and to let me travel for months at a time. Uh, so I love you, thank you very much, Indiana and Atticus. And to their mom who gave me just about every good acting idea I ever had, thank you very much, I love you.”
Here’s the video of Casey’s speech and you should only watch it to see Brie Larson not even trying to show one ounce of excitement over Casey Affleck winning. She’s not even trying to fake it. I love it!
The good news for Casey is that the “noise” he speaks of is regularly drowned out by the sound of award show voters clapping at him while screaming, “Bravo! Bravo! What sexual assault allegations? Bravo! Bravo!” And I know his look is for a role (no, he’s not playing Joaquin Phoenix), but if Casey doesn’t want people to think he’s creepy, he shouldn’t go around looking like he’s about to pull up beside you in a windowless van to “ask you for directions.”