Last night Casey Affleck, an actor who has had not one but two sexual harassment suits filed against him, won the Oscar for Best Actor. It wasn’t a surprise, exactly. His performance in Manchester by the Sea, as Lynn Enright pointed out here, was brilliant, and both cases were settled out of court. However, Casey Affleck is one of a long line of Hollywood men whose talent is held in higher regard than his dirtbag behaviour (good to see you again, Mel Gibson, with six nominations for Hacksaw Ridge) and understandably, people are getting a little f-ing tired of it.
Brie Larson, who has had to award Affleck two Best Actor awards this season, is particularly f-ing tired of it. Larson, who won the Oscar for Best Actress last year for playing a woman who has to tolerate years of sexual assault with a grimly-fixed smile, had to award Casey Affleck, a man accused of sexual harassment, with a grimly-fixed smile.
Here’s Larson presenting Affleck with his Golden Globe back in January.
A Tale of Two Gifs: 1) Brie Larson announcing Casey Affleck at the Golden Globes. pic.twitter.com/m7JmXdVGc1— AwardsWatch (@awards_watch) January 30, 2017
Aaaaaaaaand here she is giving him his award last night. Watch closely and you can just about watch her face go from excited curiosity to “are you serious? THIS guy? Again?”
Nope, nope, nope. I will give you your goddamn award, Casey Affleck, but I will not give you my claps.
My aesthetic: Brie Larson not clapping for literal trash hole casey affleck pic.twitter.com/Ci5LWXLkCr— Tyler Struble (@tyler_struble) February 27, 2017
Larson wasn’t the only person who refused to play ball. Chrissy Teigen responded to Affleck’s win by simply feigning sleep throughout his acceptance speech.
Look at Chrissy Teigen back there pretending to sleep through Casey Affleck’s acceptance speech pic.twitter.com/nM7UgQ6Rl9— Brandon Wall (@Walldo) February 27, 2017
Denzel Washington, having been nominated alongside Affleck for his role in Fences, was having none of it. None. Of. It.
BJ Novak, meanwhile, is hoping that Brie Larson might have pulled a Warren Beatty.
Can we check Best Actor again— B.J. Novak (@bjnovak) February 27, 2017
If there’s one transferrable piece of advice we can learn from this year’s Oscars, it’s this: the world may still be coated in bullshit, but you – whether that’s “you” Brie Larson or “you” with the boss who makes creepy jokes – don’t have to be part of it. You might have to show up for work – because let’s face it, Brie Larson was at work – and you might have to co-operate with terrible people, but you do not have to give them even one per cent more of yourself than you are contracted to give them. You do not owe them your laughs, or your hugs, or your applause. You don’t owe them small talk in the staff kitchen. Get in, and get out. You don’t have to clap for assholes.