Casey Affleck's Golden Globes win wasn't unexpected, but it was extremely controversial. Winning for Manchester By The Sea, Ben's brother beat out a crowded field that included Denzel Washington (Fences), Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Joel Edgerton, (Loving,) and Viggo Mortensen, (Captain Fantastic).
Affleck thanked his family and the cast and crew of Manchester, including co-star Michelle Willams. He concluded by saying, "God is love," which he attributed to Denzel Washington.
Casey Affleck had been the favorite to win Best Actor in Drama heading into the 2017 Golden Globe Awards. Gold Derby gave him 1/4 odds to win, while his next closest competitor, Washington, was at 11/2 odds. All but one of the site's 21 film experts also predicted that Affleck would win.
Ironically, Casey Affleck nearly didn't play his critically-acclaimed role. Matt Damon was originally supposed to star in Manchester By The Sea but had to drop out because of scheduling problems.
"It's so exhilarating and fun to get a part like this," Affleck said before the 2017 Golden Globes. "You get to do what you thought you'd do when you first started being an actor. The reality is, you end up doing so much stuff you thought you'd never have to do, and would never want to do again."
Casey Affleck stars in Manchester By The Sea as a grieving janitor who must take care of his teenage nephew after the death of his brother. Even before the Globes, Affleck had been racking up awards this season, winning prizes from the National Society of Film Critics and the National Board Of Review last week.
Watch the trailer for Manchester By The Sea below.
Still, Casey Affleck's awards success has not been without controversy. Back in 2010, the actor was sued by producer Amanda White and cinematographer Magdalena Gorka for alleged sexual abuse on the set of their mockumentary I’m Still Here. White claimed that Affleck ordered a crew member to flash his genitals at her. He also allegedly called women "cows" and threatened White when she refused to share a hotel room with him.
Gorka, meanwhile, said that she faced "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 lawsuits were eventually settled out of court.
"People say whatever they want," Affleck said in October of the allegations. "Sometimes it doesn’t matter how you respond. I guess people think if you’re well-known, it’s perfectly fine to say anything you want. I don’t know why that is. But it shouldn’t be, because everybody has families and lives."
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