Oscar-Winner Casey Affleck Calls Denzel Washington ‘One of the First People Who Taught Me How to Act’

Casey Affleck Oscar Win
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Casey Affleck won the best lead actor prize for his performance in “Manchester by the Sea” at Sunday night’s Oscars.

Affleck capped off a dominant winning streak with the victory, having won 30-plus critics prizes throughout the fall and winter, as well as the British Academy award. The only bump in the road came at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where “Fences” star Denzel Washington came out on top.

And Affleck made made a point to pay tribute to Washington, giving him a shout out during his speech. “One of the first people who taught me how to act was Denzel Washington, and I just met him tonight for the first time,” he said.


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He also called out the other nominees, who were Andrew Garfield (“Hacksaw Ridge”), Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”), and Viggo Mortenson (“Captain Fantastic”). “You did great work,” he told them. “I’m proud to be in your company. You guys are very brave and I admire what you do. I’m only here, really, because of all the talents and good will of so many people that are impossible to name.”

But most of all, he thanked “Manchester by the Sea” writer/director Kenneth Lonergan “who made this part and without this part, without his writing, I wouldn’t be here for sure.”

“Manchester by the Sea” also won best original screenplay at the Oscars.

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  1. JKN says:

    Denzel stood and clapped for Casey. I saw this on replay. He wanted the Oscar for a role near & dear to him and he had tears in his eyes . . . just sad to lose, but in standing for Casey and acknowledging at the SAG awards “I figured the Boy (Casey) would get it . . .” he understood that the Best performance in 2016 was the one by Casey in MBTS. Period.

    • KarynMcS says:

      Wow, I did not see that on replay. The original broadcast did not show that. If Denzel stood and clapped for Casey, then it was one great actor giving tribute to another. I am a Denzel admirer. It is good to hear this and what I would expect from Denzel, a great actor.

  2. KarynMcS says:

    The standing ovation Casey Affleck received can be clearly seen. Denzel’s reaction was that of a sore loser. He should have been better than that, particularly when Casey Affleck paid tribute to him. Both Denzel and his wife looked really unhappy that he lost. Disappointed in Denzel.

  3. Affleck was a gracious winner. Washington was a sore loser. I thought he was better than that.

    • Chico Unchained says:

      Even the presenter Brie Larson & many in the audience were upset Casey Affleck won too because he was accused of sexually harassing & assaulting 2 women so Denzel’s reaction conveyed the sentiment of many in the audience.

      • proyectomas says:

        Look up here or in any website the video when he takes the stage and the standing ovation, it’s plain to see, so good luck with your “fake news”

  4. DrDeplorable says:

    Well I did want to go see this movie until Affleck opened his pie hole about Trump. Now, forget it. He’s just another sanctimonious faker who believes anybody actually cares what he thinks.

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