Brie Larson: Not clapping for Casey Affleck ‘speaks for itself’

Not everyone was happy when Casey Affleck, who settled sexual harassment lawsuits with two former colleagues, won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his work in “Manchester by the Sea.” As you’ll recall, Denzel Washington looked like he just got kicked in the gut and Brie Larson, who had the dubious honor of presenting the award to Affleck, stood stone-faced onstage and refused to clap.

Larson, an activist on behalf of sexual assault survivors, was asked about presenting the Oscar during her “Live with Kelly” appearance Thursday morning and tried to play the night off like she just didn’t remember. Although Larson seemed nervous, hosts Kelly Ripa and Christian Slater didn’t specifically ask about her feelings on Affleck or her choice to withhold applause. Slater just asked a vague question on if she had an “out of body experience” while announcing the winner.

“I am grateful it was televised because I have no memory of it,” Larson said, not seeming particularly eager to talk about the experience.

The interview begins at the 19:41 mark.

Larson, who played a sexual assault survivor in the film “Room,” told Vanity Fair that her decision not to clap was a deliberate move.

“I think that whatever it was that I did onstage kind of spoke for itself,” she told us at the Hollywood premiere of her latest movie, Kong: Skull Island, at the Dolby Theatre. “I’ve said all that I need to say about that topic.”

Let’s take a look at “whatever it was” that she did onstage one more time.

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