Brie Larson gave Casey Affleck the Oscar for Best Actor at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony that was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California in February and she refused to clap for him.
Many expected Affleck to win the big prize for his incredible performance in the movie Manchester By the Sea.
However, the road that led to this moment was paved with controversy for Ben Affleck‘s younger brother. In 2010, he was accused of sexual harassment by several women. The cases were settled out of court.
The allegations left a stain on his reputation and almost derailed his Oscar dreams after they resurfaced in the media in the past year.
Comparisons were drawn to Nate Parker, who was involved in a rape trial while in college and saw the renewed attention on the case destroy his chances during the award season. Parker was not even invited to some of the award ceremonies.
His movie The Birth of a Nation was supposed to take him to a different level in Hollywood, but now he is fighting to even have a career.
Affleck was able to weather the storm while Parker lost it all. Some saw racism in the way Hollywood treated the two actors.
Larson, who won the Oscar for Best Actress in 2016 for her role in Room, is not so forgiving with the 41-year-old actor.
She did not clap for him and is standing by her move. The 27-year-old California native has no regrets and told Vanity Fair: “I think that whatever it was that I did onstage kind of spoke for itself. I’ve said all that I need to say about that topic.”
On Thursday, she said more to Kelly Ripa about the matter. Larson stated: “I am grateful it was televised because I have no memory of it.”
The actress was very touched by Lady Gaga‘s performance at the Oscars in 2016 which addressed sexual assault.
So there is some consistency on her part.