Here’s who presented at the Oscars instead of Casey Affleck

Mandatory Credit: Photo by MIKE NELSON/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9336455b) Casey Affleck Casey Affleck won't present best actress award at Oscars 2018, Hollywood, USA - 26 Feb 2017 (FILE) - Casey Affleck arrives for the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, USA, 26 February 2017. According to media reports on 27 January 2018, Casey Affleck declined presenting the best actress award during the ceremony on 04 March 2018, as his publicist has confirmed.
Casey affleck at the 2017 Oscars.

Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster presented this year’s best actress award at the 2018 Oscars instead of Casey Affleck, last year’s best actor winner. Sources including Affleck’s personal rep confirmed earlier this year that, in a break from Academy tradition, the locally born “Manchester by the Sea” star would not take the stage, a decision almost certainly made in light of extensive sexual misconduct allegations against the actor.

When Affleck was out on the awards trail last year for “Manchester,” allegations made against him in 2010 in the form of sexual harassment lawsuits resurfaced, leading to widespread outcry against the actor’s candidacy for the honor. The lawsuits, from two women who worked with Affleck on his film “I’m Still Here,” were eventually settled out of court.

Though he went on to win the Oscar, it’s unsurprising that - especially in the age of #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #NeverAgain, not to mention in an industry that’s successfully purged alleged rapist Harvey Weinstein (the same producer who guided another Affleck brother to fame with “Good Will Hunting” in the ‘90s) from its ranks - the actor was not welcomed back as a presenter this year.


Lawrence, meanwhile, is a major figure in the #MeToo movement who’s spoken out powerfully against sexual misconduct in Hollywood. And Foster is an household-name actress who’s pioneered progress for women both behind and in front of the camera. That they filled Affleck’s slot this year rings of a long-delayed justice served - if only partially.