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,
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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.