Casey Affleck won for Manchester by the Sea, but after Larson handed over his gold statue she stood to the side and noticeably didn’t clap. This is the second time Larson, a vocal advocate for sexual assault survivors, had to present an award to Affleck, who in 2010 was the subject of sexual harassment allegations. Two women who worked with him, a producer and a cinematographer, filed separate lawsuits alleging sexual harassment. One woman claimed he had snuck into her bed while she was sleeping and woke up to him “caressing her back.”
He vehemently denied the allegations.
Suffice it to say when The Academy gave him the Oscar it was met with controversy.
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As Ben Affleck gave his brother a bear hug and the rest of the room came to their feet to give him a standing ovation, Larson, who starred in Room, a movie about a rape survivor, looked downtrodden as she silently protested his victory. Viewers at home were quick to notice her change in mood.
The irony also wasn’t lost on many.
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Larson presented Affleck the award at the 2017 Golden Globes, where she also didn’t appear pleased with the outcome.
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