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Brie Larson's Refusal To Clap For Casey Affleck Wasn't An Accident
The 2017 Oscars was stocked with surprises. There was a mixup for the ages, followed by a momentous victory for Moonlight, which was regarded as an underdog in the Best Picture category.
Another curveball was thrown during the presentation for the Best Actor category. Brie Larson, after presenting Casey Affleck with the Oscar for Best Actor, seemed to refrain from clapping. Many suggested that this was an act of protest; Affleck has been accused of sexual harassment in the past, and Larson is an outspoken advocate of sexual assault survivors. Here's a video of the presentation:
So was it all intentional? Or were viewers just reading too much into it. As Larson told Vanity Fair at the Kong: Skull Island premiere on Wednesday, it was intentional. While she tip-toed around the subject a bit, her words made it pretty clear that it wasn't an accident.
“I think that whatever it was that I did onstage kind of spoke for itself,” she told Vanity Fair. “I’ve said all that I need to say about that topic.”
What made the Oscars incident even more tense was that it was the second time that Larson presented an award to Affleck this year. This first incident came in January, when she handed him a Golden Globe. Some suggested she'd purposely refrained from hugging Affleck when they made the exchange: