Oscar 2017: Casey Affleck, Best Actor, Mumbling but Heartfelt Speech

Casey Affleck won the Best Actor Oscar for his amazing performance in Manchester by the Sea at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony.

It was his first Best Actor and second Oscar nomination, having received a Supporting Actor nod in 2007.

Affleck had previously won more than 30 critics prizes throughout the fall and winter, as well as the British Academy award.

The only potential obstacle in the road came at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, where Fences star Denzel Washington came out on top.

Affleck, in a mumbling but sincere speech, paid tribute to Washington: “One of the first people who taught me how to act was Denzel Washington, and I just met him tonight for the first time,” he said.

Affleck then called out the other nominees, who were Andrew Garfield (“Hacksaw Ridge”), Ryan Gosling (“La La Land”), and Viggo Mortenson (“Captain Fantastic”).

“You did great work,” he told them. “I’m proud to be in your company. You guys are very brave and I admire what you do. I’m only here, really, because of all the talents and good will of so many people that are impossible to name.”