Casey Affleck scored an Oscar nomination for his work in “Manchester by the Sea,” but not everyone in Hollywood is congratulating him.
Outspoken “Fresh Off the Boat” star Constance Wu criticized the Academy on Twitter after the nominations were announced, calling them out for praising the actor while ignoring the sexual harassment allegations that have followed him throughout the award season.
Wu’s show airs on ABC, the same network that’s airing the Oscars next month.
Two women accused Affleck of sexual harassment in 2010, when he was working on the film “I’m Still Here” with Joaquin Phoenix. Affleck denied the allegations and later settled both suits.
“It was settled to the satisfaction of all. I was hurt and upset — I am sure all were — but I am over it,” he said in November. “It was an unfortunate situation — mostly for the innocent bystanders of the families of those involved.”
He also seemingly referenced the renewed interest in the story at the Golden Globes.
“It’s my kids who give me permission to do this because they have the character to keep at bay all the noise that sometimes surrounds people who live publicly,” he said while accepting his award for Best Performance by an Actor In a Motion Picture.