Photo: Brie Larson and Casey Affleck, Getty Images


Brie Larson made it pretty damn clear that she wasn't going to celebrate Casey Affleck's win

Brie Larson, Chrissy Teigen and Denzel Washington reacted to Casey Affleck’s win with absolute disdain last night, reminding us of a very important lesson

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By Caroline O'Donoghue on

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 


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Photo: Brie Larson and Casey Affleck, Getty Images
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