Casey Affleck has added to the shiny, new Golden Globe on his mantel, winning Best Actor at Sunday night’s 89th annual Academy Awards, for his performance in Manchester by the Sea.
In the slow-burn drama about grief and forgiveness, Affleck plays a man who looks after his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.
To grab gold, Affleck bested fellow nominees Denzel Washington (Fences), Ryan Gosling (La La Land), Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) and Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic).
His previous Oscar nod came in the supporting actor category, for 2007’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
“One of the first people who taught me how to act was Denzel Washington, and I met him tonight for the first time. Thank you,” Affleck started his acceptance speech, eliciting not the warm reaction from Washington that he might have hoped. “To all the other nominees: you did great work. I’m proud to be in your company. You guys are very brave, and I admire what you do.”
“I’m only here,” he continued, “because of the talents and goodwill of so many people, who are impossible to name, but most of all [writer/director] Kenneth Lonergan, who made this part, and without this part and without his writing, I wouldn’t be here, for sure.”
Watch Affleck’s full acceptance speech below: