Casey Affleck withdraws from presenting best actress at Oscars

Affleck celebrated his Best Actor win for 'Manchester By the Sea&apos at th 89th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Image Getty

In another apparent effect of the Me Too movement, last year's best actor Oscar victor Casey Affleck will not be presenting at or attending the 90th Academy Awards.

"We appreciate the decision to keep the focus on the show and on the great work of this year", the Academy said in a statement. Affleck won the Oscar for best actor last year for his role in Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea, and traditionally, the previous year's best actor victor returns to present the best actress category.

News of his withdrawal was broken by Mike Fleming Jr, a writer for the Deadline Hollywood website, who said he had heard the actor "did not want to become a distraction from the focus that should be on the performances of the actresses in the category".

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Affleck has been accused of sexual harassment, and has likely withdrawn due to the #MeToo movement. Casey Affleck reached a settlement with both women out of court after the pair filed lawsuits against him.

Casey Affleck arrives at the Oscars in 2017. In 2009, the Academy tapped multiple presenters to introduce the acting awards with each making a short speech on the nominee's behalf.

The allegations, which were long ignored by the media and denied by Affleck and those closest to the actor, resurfaced during last year's awards season, but Affleck still went on to win the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar for Manchester by the Sea.

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At last year's ceremony, he saw off competition from Denzel Washington and Ryan Gosling to take home the Oscar. "There's really nothing I can do about it, other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time". Traditionally, the reigning best actor victor returns to present the best actress award.

The "Manchester By The Sea" actor is reportedly breaking with tradition and skipping the the 90th annual Academy Awards in March, according to Deadline.

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