Bucking tradition, Casey Affleck won't appear at this year's Academy Awards to present the Best Actress award.
Affleck won the Best Actor Oscar in 2017 for his performance in Manchester by the Sea, and typically, the previous year's Best Actor winner presents the current year's Best Actress award. Controversy has surrounded Affleck since his win last year, though, when it resurfaced that in 2010, he was accused by two women of sexual harassment; he denied the charges, and their cases were settled out of court and dismissed.
Now, with the #MeToo and Time's Up movements gaining steam, there had been questions regarding how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would handle Affleck's appearance. In a statement, an academy spokesperson said "we appreciate the decision to keep the focus on the show and the great work of this year."
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