Golden Globes

Casey Affleck gets Golden Globe for best actor, thanks his kids and Matt Damon

Casey Affleck won the Golden Globe for actor in a motion picture drama for his role in "Manchester by the Sea."

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Casey Affleck won the Golden Globe for actor in a motion picture drama for his role in "Manchester by the Sea."

Casey Affleck won the Golden Globe for actor in a drama for his acclaimed turn in the locally set film “Manchester by the Sea.”

In the Kenneth Lonergan-helmed production, the Cambridge-bred actor plays a troubled man forced to look after his young nephew when the boy’s father dies, even as he nurses open wounds from a tragedy in his recent past. The Massachusetts-based movie is set in Quincy as well as the titular town, and was shot along the North Shore.


“I remember years ago when Denzel Washington was on stage, he got up here and said, ‘God is love,’ ” the notoriously taciturn actor said during his speech. “And, well, I agree.”

Thanking the cast, crew, and producers involved with the film, Affleck emphasized gratitude to his children.

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“Despite how I might think I’m in charge at my house, my kids give me permission to do this,” Affleck explained, hinting at some of the controversy — ignited by allegations of sexual harassment — that has hounded him through this awards season. “They’ve got the strength of character to keep at bay all the noise that sometimes surrounds people who live publicly.”

Affleck also gave some love to fellow Cambridge-tied A-lister and childhood friend Matt Damon, who produced the film. “To Matt Damon, for giving me the opportunity, your support, [and] your friendship,” said Affleck. “I suspect you won’t be passing on any more movies in the future that I might be anywhere nearby.”

He’s not the first Affleck to earn a Golden Globe. Brother Ben is a two-time winner, in 2013 for best director (a feat he would repeat at that year’s Academy Awards) for “Argo,” and in 1998 for best screenplay for “Good Will Hunting” (an award he shared with Damon).

Isaac Feldberg can be reached at, or on Twitter @i_feldberg.
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