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Casey Affleck Wins Best Actor At The Oscars

Casey Affleck Wins Best Actor At The Oscars

Casey Affleck has won the Best Actor accolade for his portrayal of tragic figure Lee Chandler in Manchester by the Sea.

Set in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, the movie was nominated for six awards, namely Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay.

He thanked fellow Oscar-nominee Denzel Washington in his speech:

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The uncle of the boy is reluctant to move to Manchester-by-the-Sea after the untimely death of his brother, but will not abandon the teenager to his alcoholic mother, so with reluctance makes the life-changing decision to come over.

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It is then that we realise that his character used to live happily in Manchester until his world was turned upside down when a house fire, caused by his negligence, killed his three children with his wife blaming him for it. This led to him trying to kill himself, failing and becoming aloof in Boston, getting away from the very place that reminded him of so much pain and anguish.

Ultimately living there proves too hard for him, but he does say to Patrick, his nephew, that he's very welcome to stay with him whenever, arranging for Patrick to stay with his friend George and his wife, with the movie finishing with Patrick and Lee fishing on a boat Patrick has inherited.

Affleck, brother of Ben, beat off competition from Denzel Washington, an Oscars stalwart, who was hoping for his second Best Actor victory for his role in Fences, which he also wrote and directed. This was his seventh nomination for Best Actor, but he couldn't replicate his prior success in Training Day to take the top scoop.

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In the movie, which is based on the play by the late August Wilson, Washington, playing Troy Maxson, tries to raise his family in Pittsburgh in the 1950s while overcoming the barriers he has with his family and the wider world.

Married relatively happily to Rose (Viola Davis - Best Supporting Actress), the former baseball star now works as a refuse worker and, over time, becomes disillusioned with his lot in life and the racial tensions that blight America.

Ryan Gosling was also nominated for his portrayal of Seb in La La Land.

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Seb is a jazz pianist with ambitions of opening his own club, falling in love with Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress trying to make it big in the industry.

However, as they become more successful they realise that the very thing that brought them together could be what rips them apart. As Seb finally starts touring for a decent band, cracks appear in their whirlwind romance, which leaves a couple of life-defining decisions for the pair to make.

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Other actors to miss out on the big award were Andrew Garfield for Hacksaw Ridge and Viggo Mortensen for his part in Captain Fantastic.

British actor Garfield plays American WWII Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who refuses to fire on people and kill them and yet became the first man to receive the Medal of Honor without shooting a single bullet. This was due to the fact he has saved 75 wounded infantrymen during his time in action.

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Doss is beaten by his fellow squaddies for refusing to pick up arms, as well as being summoned for a court martial before the army decides he can remain a stretcher-bearer. He goes to Okinawa island, Japan, going back and forward collecting wounded soldiers in action.

The movie, based on a true story, is a gory spectacle with a script to match it.

Mortensen plays Ben, raising his six children in the middle of nowhere in Amercia's Pacific Northwest.

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When he hears his wife, suffering from bipolar, committed suicide, he takes his children to New Mexico to the funeral, where they soon realise that their values of decency and honesty are not matched by others.

Here's a list of all the nominees and confirmed winners so far.

BEST PICTURE
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight (winner)

BEST DIRECTOR
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle, La La Land (winner)
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

BEST ACTOR
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea (winner)
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

BEST ACTRESS
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land (winner)
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight (winner)
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Viola Davis, Fences (winner)
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester by the Sea (winner)
20th Century Women

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Arrival
Fences
Hidden Figures
Lion
Moonlight (winner)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Arrival
La La Land (winner)
Lion
Moonlight
Silence

BEST FILM EDITING
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge (winner)
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book (winner)
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Arrival
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hail, Caesar!

La La Land (winner)

Passengers

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (winner)
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad (winner)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Jackie
La La Land (winner)
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Audition (The Fools Who Dream)," La La Land
"Can't Stop the Feeling," Trolls
"City of Stars," La La Land (winner)
"The Empty Chair," Jim: The James Foley Story
"How Far I'll Go," Moana

BEST SOUND EDITING
Arrival (winner)
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

BEST SOUND MIXING
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge (winner)
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zotopia (winner)

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made in America (winner)
13th

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Land of Mine
A Man Called Ove
The Salesman (winner)
Tanna
Toni Erdmann

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Extremis
4.1 Miles
Joe's Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets (winner)

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
Ennemis Entreniers
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing (winner)
Timecode

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper (winner)

Featured Image Credit: Roadside Attractions

Topics: Oscars

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]