Casey Affleck takes home Best Actor Oscar for 'Manchester by the Sea'

But while the room stood and clapped as Affleck picked up his Best Actor Oscar for Manchester by the Sea, at least one fellow Oscar victor, Brie Larson, stood her ground for the women he'd allegedly victimized by refusing to clap for him. (Sexual abuse allegations have squashed Oscar hopefuls in the past; "The Birth of a Nation" was pushed aside for its director's controversy.) During the 2009 production of another film, Affleck allegedly made repeated sexual comments and unwanted sexual advances toward two women, a producer who he'd worked with him for 10 years and the film's director of photography. And the most bad, ironic part is that Larson, an advocate for survivors of sexual assault who won Best Actress a year ago for portraying a rape survivor in Room, was the person who had to read his name and present him with the award. "Thank you everyone", he said. "And without this part and without his writing, I wouldn't be here for sure", Affleck said.

Affleck, 41, earned the statuette for his portrayal of disaffected handyman who is named guardian to his teenage nephew (played by Lucas Hedges) following his brother's death.

This is Affleck's first Oscar win, after being nominated for best supporting actor in 2008 for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Damon has said he had a scheduling conflict and recommended that Affleck take the role. The two reportedly first brought the idea of "Manchester" to Lonergan. One blip in the season, though, was that while Affleck picked up the Golden Globe award in January, a few weeks later, his colleagues who voted for the Screen Actors Guild awards chose to honor Denzel Washington for Fences.

Casey was noticeably emotional after hearing his name called, telling the crowd, "This means so much to me, thank you". Thank you. And to all the other nominees, you did great work. "You guys are very fearless and I admire what you do". I'm proud to be in your company.

He added, "Man, I wish I had something bigger and more meaningful to say". "I look out at all of you, and I have this whole year, and I'm just dumbfounded that I'm included".

  • Salvatore Jensen