Academy Awards fans will not be seeing actor Casey Affleck present the Best Actress award at the ceremony this year.
Affleck Stays Home
The Academy Award winner has not only confirmed that he would not present an award, but he will also be not at the Dolby Theatre at all.
A representative of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences revealed that Affleck signaled to them that he declined his invitation to the movie industry's most prominent celebration.
"We appreciate the decision to keep the focus on the show and the great work of this year," said an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences spokesperson.
If Affleck would have participated at this year's Oscars, he could have announced that Sally Hawkins, Frances McDormand, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, or Meryl Streep would have taken home the golden statue for Best Actress.
Just Like Franco
The Manchester by the Sea actor is following the same rule that James Franco used a few weeks ago at the Critics' Choice Awards. Franco decided not to attend the awards show following sexual harassment allegations came to life. Scarlett Johansson even demanded Franco to give her back a Time's Up movement pin at the event.
Franco won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical for his work in The Disaster Artist. The Disaster Artist followed the behind the scenes filming process of Tommy Wiseau's cult classic hit: The Room.
Affleck's Dark Past
When the younger Affleck won the Best Actor award last year, the win was considered controversial.
Producer Amanda White and cinematographer Magdalena Gorka came forward to reveal that Affleck sexually assaulted them during the production of his 2010 film I'm Still Here. Also, the two women filed sexual harassment lawsuits against the Ocean's 11 actor. Both women also charged him with "unwelcome physical advances." Affleck denied the charges and both lawsuits were resolved out of court.
"It was settled to the satisfaction of all. I was hurt and upset---I am sure all were-but I am over it. It was an unfortunate situation---mostly for the innocent bystanders of the families of those involved," Affleck told The New York Times.
Late night host Jimmy Kimmel is scheduled to return to host the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 4. ABC Television Network is expected to air the ceremony.