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Last week, Casey Af­fleck re­ceived an Os­car nom­i­na­tion for his per­for­mance in Manch­ester By The

Sea – a nom­i­na­tion that comes hot on the heels of al­le­ga­tions that Af­fleck sex­u­ally ha­rassed women on the set of I’m Still Here. The com­plaints were set­tled out of court, with Af­fleck pay­ing undis­closed amounts in com­pen­sa­tion. Ac­tress Con­stance Wu has spo­ken out against Af­fleck’s nom­i­na­tion. In a lengthy state­ment posted to Twit­ter, Wu wrote, “the ab­sence of awards doesn’t di­min­ish a great per­for­mance… but the choices an award­ing com­mit­tee makes DOES in­crease the dig­nity of an award and brings light to the pur­suit our craft seeks to honor….I’m in this ca­reer not for awards, but be­cause the treat­ment of life mat­ters to me. So I stand the fuck up for it.”

Ac­tress Kris­ten Ste­wart is di­rect­ing a short film on gun con­trol, drop­ping many a hint that the project is a direct re­sponse to the elec­tion of Don­ald Trump. “You don’t have to be a po­lit­i­cally in­volved per­son to be uber-aware of the fact that very ba­sic hu­man­i­tar­ian ideas are be­ing so in­cred­i­bly tram­pled on,” Ste­wart said. The film isn’t her first di­rec­to­rial ef­fort; Ste­wart showed her first short film,

Come Swim, at the Sun­dance Film

Fes­ti­val.

Ewan Mc­Gre­gor, light of our lives, re­fused to go on Good Morn­ing

Bri­tain when he re­alised that Piers Mor­gan was host­ing. “Won’t go on with him af­ter his com­ments about the Women’s March,” said Mc­Gre­gor. Mor­gan had re­peat­edly mocked and used the term “fem­i­nazi” in re­la­tion to the marches that were at­tended by over 2.6 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide. Mor­gan ac­cused Mc­Gre­gor of “run­ning away” and retweeted com­ments say­ing that Mc­Gre­gor was an enemy of free speech. Turn to our in­ter­view with aca­demic Deb­o­rah Lip­stadt to read why that’s ut­ter non­sense.

With awards sea­son upon us, we are glued to The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter’s round­table se­ries, where ac­tors, di­rec­tors and filmmakers speak about their ex­pe­ri­ences and ac­claimed work. So far, the ac­tors’, di­rec­tors’ and cin­e­matog­ra­phers’ dis­cus­sions are all on YouTube, and hope­fully the ac­tresses’ chat will be on­line over the next week.

Casey Af­fleck

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