Tradition dictates that best actor winners present the following year's award for best actress, and vice-versa.
Affleck apparently did not "want to become a distraction from the focus that should be on the performances of the actresses in the category", in light of the 2010 sexual harassment allegations made against him, Deadline reported. At the 81st Oscars, for example, each of the acting awards were presented by a quintet of past Oscar winners, and Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, who are producing this year's show, have been considering departing from tradition when it comes to presenting the acting awards this year.
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"He was in a no-win situation, with all the attention surrounding the #MeToo movement".
When the Me Too movement exploded in October and the film academy revoked Harvey Weinstein's membership, the spotlight turned back to Affleck and other academy members who have been accused of misconduct. "Flashback to Brie Larson with hands at her side as everyone clapped and went wild for how well Casey Affleck played a sad man from Boston", wrote Twitter user Sam Montgomery. No one knows exactly how the film academy plans to handle this moment of reckoning during the ceremony on March 4, but, with Affleck stepping down, one of the biggest questions has been answered.
It is an Oscars tradition that the best actor for the previous year hands out the award to the new best actress victor.
Affleck won his best actor Oscar in 2017 for his role in Manchester by the Sea. "The specter of Affleck presenting would have created controversy", Fleming added.