It’s Oscar tradition for the previous year’s winner of the Best Actor award to present the following year’s award for Best Actress, but that won’t be happening this year.
That’s because, as Deadline reported back in January, Casey Affleck (who won last year for “Manchester By the Sea”) won’t be attending the 2018 Oscars due to backlash over allegations of sexual misconduct.
As a result, the Academy will instead bring in a double dose of Oscar-winning femininity, with Variety reporting that Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster will team up to present this year’s Best Actress award.
Affleck withdrew from presenting over fears his presence could become a distraction due to two sexual harassment lawsuits he settled with a producer and cinematographer of his 2010 film “I’m Still Here”.
While Emma Stone (who took last year’s Best Actress honours for “La La Land”) would be presenting the Best Actor award under normal circumstances, this is far from a normal year for Hollywood as the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements gather steam and the industry continues to reel from the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
With that in mind, this year’s Best Actor award will be presented by Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren.
The 90th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, Mar. 4.