Casey Affleck was honored on the Palm Springs Movie Pageant this week, and he picked up the Finest Actor Award on the Nationwide Board of Evaluate Awards on Wednesday evening. He’s strolling into Sunday’s Golden Globes because the “favourite” for Finest Actor in a Drama for Manchester by the Sea, and he’s thought of a sure-thing for an Oscar nomination, when the noms come out on January 24th. He’s undoubtedly the favourite for the Oscar this 12 months too.
As we mentioned final month, Casey Affleck is completely getting the kid-glove remedy within the press, particularly in comparison with somebody like Nate Parker. Casey needed to settle two sexual harassment lawsuits out of courtroom a couple of years again, and he’s managed to barely talk about these circumstances in his Oscar marketing campaign press availabilities. A part of the rationale he didn’t have to discuss it? As a result of he wasn’t even requested, most often. So what’s new? Nicely, the New York Instances had a captivating article this week known as “The Glare Varies for Two Actors on Hollywood’s Awards Path” by Brooks Barnes. You’ll be able to learn the total piece right here. Barnes compares and contrasts the awards-season experiences between Nate Parker and Casey Affleck and whether or not there’s a big quantity of white privilege in play. An excerpt from the piece:
In heated conversations in Hollywood in latest weeks, prompted by articles on web sites like The Each day Beast, Mic and ThinkProgress, producers, publicists, studio executives and different film insiders have been grappling with whether or not there’s a double commonplace at play — involving race, energy or each — within the remedy of Nate Parker, a comparatively unknown artist who has been sidelined as an Academy Award candidate, and Casey Affleck, the brother of moviedom royalty who’s being feted because the main contender for greatest actor.
Mr. Affleck, 41, has not acquired related scrutiny over two sexual harassment fits that had been filed towards him by two ladies in 2010 in civil courtroom. On the time, a lawyer for Mr. Affleck, who performs a sorrowful New England handyman within the celebrated drama “Manchester by the Sea,” denied the accusations as “determined, fabricated claims” and known as them an “extortion tactic.” Nothing was proved. In the end, he settled for undisclosed sums. Mr. Affleck’s efficiency has continued to rack up accolades, regardless of contemporary consideration on the 2010 lawsuits by the information media. (Requested about them by The Instances for an article in November, he responded: “It was settled to the satisfaction of all. I used to be harm and upset — I’m positive all had been — however I’m over it.”) Greater than two dozen critics’ teams and festivals have named him greatest actor for his “Manchester by the Sea” efficiency. He’s up for a Golden Globe on Sunday and a Display Actors Guild award on Jan. 29.
Why do the 2 males discover themselves in a lot completely different circumstances? Maybe individuals suppose Mr. Affleck’s efficiency, and the film by which he stars, is healthier. Possibly it’s as a result of, as an Oscar nominee and the brother of the box-office star Ben Affleck, Mr. Affleck has attained a privileged standing in Hollywood; the facility surrounding him might make individuals reluctant to overtly criticize him. Actually an element is the truth that there was unsettling new info revealed about Mr. Parker’s rape case in August — that his accuser later dedicated suicide — whereas there have been no new disclosures relating to Mr. Affleck’s circumstances. Or possibly, say these aware of Hollywood’s checkered racial historical past, it’s as a result of Mr. Affleck is white and Mr. Parker is black.
Barnes goes on to notice that “there are individuals in Hollywood — none of whom would converse on the file — who imagine that Mr. Affleck is insulated as a result of he’s a white man. Their feeling is that the entertainment-industry awards teams, nonetheless largely dominated by white males, are judging him otherwise than they judged Mr. Parker.” This NYT piece has been picked up and quoted extensively this week, and Vainness Truthful’s HWD Each day columnist Rebecca Keegan famous that she discovered the identical factor because the NYT – that “Like Barnes, I’ve but to search out somebody in Hollywood who will share an opinion about Affleck vs. Parker on the file. Off the file, the third-rail concern of race comes up.” What I believe is attention-grabbing is that there does appear to be a legit motion – at the very least on-line – to actually commit extra protection to “the issue with Casey Affleck.” Even when individuals aren’t occurring the file about Casey, race and sexual harassment, I hope that leisure journalists proceed to remind individuals about all of this.
Pictures courtesy of Fame/Flynet, WENN.