Casey Affleck has decided not to present the Oscar for best actress at this year’s ceremony.
According to a representative from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Broncos Chad Kelly Jersey , the actor has notified the organization that he will not be attending the event. Affleck won best actor at the 2017 Oscars for his performance in Manchester by the Sea and tradition dictates that he would have presented the best actress award this year.
The star is understood not to want to distract from the #MeToo movement given previous allegations against him for sexual harassment on the set of the mockumentary I’m Still Here.
In 2010, his former colleagues Amanda White and Magdalena Gorka sued Affleck for multiple complaints relating to his behavior while making the film. Gorka’s suit referred to the experience as “the most traumatizing of her career” while White referred to “a nearly daily barrage of sexual comments, innuendo, and unwelcome advances by crew members, within the presence and with the active encouragement of Affleck”.
Both suits were later settled. “It was settled to the satisfaction of all,” Affleck said to the New York Times. “I was hurt and upset – I am sure all were – but I am over it. It was an unfortunate situation – mostly for the innocent bystanders of the families of those involved.”
Affleck’s Oscar was presented by Brie Larson, who has been a vocal advocate for sexual abuse victims. She handed over the award to Affleck with little pleasure, refusing to clap. “I think that whatever it was that I did onstage kind of spoke for itself,” she told Vanity Fair.
His decision not to attend this year arrives after an online petition calling on the Academy not to allow him on stage reached almost 20,000 names. There had already been talk of changing how awards were presented this year, with producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd reportedly experimenting with a shakeup.
This year’s best actress race is spearheaded by Frances McDormand, the favorite to win for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.(Agencies)
A handout photo supplied by the New Zealand Defence Force shows survivors from a ferry that sunk floating in a boat in the sea near the South Pacific nation of Kiribati, January 27, 2018. Picture taken January 27, 2018.
Six adults and an unconscious baby were rescued Sunday from a life raft in the Pacific Ocean after drifting for four days in the blazing sun without water. The survivors had scrambled onto the small wooden dinghy after the ferry they were aboard sank, according to authorities.
New Zealand Defence Force Air Commodore Darryn Webb said the crew on a military Orion plane had used radar to locate the dinghy while searching for survivors. He said the ferry had been carrying at least 50 people while traveling between two islands in the remote nation of Kiribati.
Webb said there has been no sign of any other survivors. He said it wasn't clear yet what caused the ferry to sink.
The plane dropped supplies to the survivors including food, water and a radio, Webb said. The survivors used the radio to tell rescuers they'd managed to get off the ferry when it capsized and climb aboard the dinghy, he said.
Webb said the survivors had very little time to react and found themselves adrift without water or an engine. He said they did have a blanket or tarpaulin which they may have been able to use to get some relief from the sun.
Webb said a fishing boat had changed its course and picked up the survivors Sunday afternoon. He said the dinghy was drifting more than 180 kilometers (112 miles) from the nearest major island when it was found.
"Our heart goes out to the baby and to all those remaining of the 50-plus people," he said.
While thankful the life raft was found, Webb said it was also heartbreaking the ferry had sunk and the others were still missing. He said there was a lot of debris near the dinghy, which may have been from the ferry.
Searchers planned to regroup and interview the survivors before deciding whether to continue the search, he added.
Questions remain as to why it took Kiribati authorities so long to tell New Zealand officials the ferry was missing. Webb said a Kiribati plane had earlier searched for the ferry but didn't have sophisticated radar equipment.
Named the MV Butiraoi, the 17.5-metre (57-foot) wooden catamaran left Nonouti Island bound for South Tarawa on Jan. 18, according to authorities. The journey was supposed to take two days. New Zealand rescuers say they weren't told about the missing boat until Friday, eight days after the ferry had left.
Senior Search and Rescue Officer John Ashby said they'd been told the ferry underwent repairs to its propeller shaft just before leaving, which may have contributed to navigation problems.
Kiribati is a remote, impoverished nation of 33 atolls that is home to about 108,000 people.
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