It’s Oscar tradition that the winner of the previous year’s Best Actor award present the Best Actress award (and the previous year’s Best Actress winner presents the Best Actor award). Because of that tradition, we got the beautiful moment where Brie Larson internally screamed “Go fuck yourself” while presenting Casey with the Best Actor award at last year’s Oscars. But sadly, we won’t get to see forever fuck-deficient Frances McDormand actually scream “Go fuck yourself” at Casey Affleck when he presents her with the Best Actress award (because she’s totally going to win). That’s not going to happen, because Casey isn’t going to the Oscars this year.
Deadline says that it was Casey’s choice to not present, because “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.” Deadline also kissed both of Casey’s ass cheeks several times with this :
Affleck won the Best Actor Oscar last year for his performance in Manchester By the Sea. Long considered an underrated actor with strong performances in everything from Gone Baby Gone to Out of the Furnace and Good Will Hunting, Affleck turned in a career performance in the Kenneth Lonergan-directed film as the shell of a man haunted by past family trauma. But attention right now isn’t on that accomplishment as much as the outcry over a settlement and non-disclosure agreements that followed allegations of inappropriate behavior toward two women who worked on I’m Still Here, the film Affleck directed that starred Joaquin Phoenix.
As that ass kissy bit points out, Casey has been accused of sexual harassment by two women. So him showing up at the Oscars during the year of #MeToo would be the worst Oscars-related thing to happen since The Naked Cowgirl was not nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her magnificent performance in The Florida Project.
If a bull farted in your face, it would smell less like bullshit than this line: Affleck did not want to become a distraction from the focus that should be on the performances of the actresses in the category. I’m sure the real reason Casey backed out of the Oscars is because he really doesn’t want to get booed and stoned with Time’s Up pins on the red carpet. This isn’t only good news for those who really didn’t want to see Casey’s face while watching the Oscars, it’s also good news for James Franco. He now has someone he can share an Uber with to Kevin Spacey’s Oscar-viewing party.