Not everyone was gung-ho about Casey Affleck winning Best Actor for his role in "Manchester by the Sea," especially advocate for sexual assault victims Brie Larson, who presented him with the award.
Last year, Larson won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in "Room," a film in which she played a woman that viewers discover was physically and sexually abused, so it's not shocking she refrained from any congratulatory clapping while Affleck gave his acceptance speech. And Larson's lack of enthusiasm didn't go unnoticed.
Affleck made headlines in 2010 after two women filed lawsuits accusing the actor of sexual harassment. The cases were settled out of court, but the allegations semi-surfaced in the media this past year once Affleck became a serious Best Actor contender. The media coverage of Affleck sparked debate among fellow journalists with some feeling the allegations were being swept under the rug in comparison to how Nate Parker's past rape allegations were covered when his film "Birth of a Nation" was garnering Oscar buzz.
Sunday night also wasn't the first time Larson was stuck presenting an award to Affleck. The actress didn't even hug him when she presented him with the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama earlier this awards season.
Since her work in "Room," the 27 year old has been a vocal women's rights advocate and a champion for sexual abuse victims all around the world. She even shut herself away prior to shooting "Room" to meet with several psychologists in an effort to dive deep into the feelings and emotions of a sexually traumatized woman, so it makes sense that she'd choose to keep quiet on the sidelines of the Oscar stage.
Sometimes, silence speaks louder than words. And sometimes, Twitter is vocal enough for everyone.
Rage against words Trump said. Rage against actions Casey Affleck did. Fight abuse at any chance you have. End abuse. #oscars— Jon Acuff (@JonAcuff) February 27, 2017
Casey Affleck won Best Actor.— Allie Beauregard (@AllieBeauregard) February 27, 2017
Donald Trump is president.
Tell me again how sexual assault charges can "ruin" a man's career. 😒
So, in the USA when u get accused of sexual harassment 2 things happen: either you win an Oscar or you get elected President. #CaseyAffleck— Dany Ren (@danyren91) February 27, 2017
Guess I'll just look forward to the day when a male comedian sheds light on #CaseyAffleck's sexual harassment & people actually listen.— Lacey (@Amazingaysian) February 27, 2017