The 2018 Oscars will be held on March 4, but it looks like Casey Affleck will not be in attendance for the big awards show. Affleck, who won the Best Actor award last year for his role in Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea, would normally present the Best Actress award at this year's ceremony. Affleck has opted out, but why?
According to Entertainment Weekly, Affleck will not be attending the Oscars 2018. This is unusual, but Affleck's win came under fire last year. This happened after accusations resurfaced regarding alleged misconduct on the set of his film I'm Still Here. It appears that two women who worked on the film had filed sexual harassment lawsuits against Affleck back in 2010. Those claims were settled out of court, as Affleck has adamantly denied the allegations.
It is a year later and we have had a shift in the dynamic of things in Hollywood. With the #MeToo and Time's Up movements happening, those allegations against Affleck have come to the surface again and with increased scrutiny.
So, what is Affleck's reasoning behind not attending the Oscars 2018? Deadline reported that Affleck did not want his presence at the ceremony to distract from any of the nominees. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Academy released a statement to EW. They said, "We appreciate the decision to keep the focus on the show and on the great work of this year.”
The Oscars 2018 will take place March 4 on ABC.