Last year, Casey Affleck won the Golden Globe for his leading role in Manchester By The Sea. His win caused upset due to the two reports of sexual harassment made against him in the months prior to his win. This year, many are calling Gary Oldman the Casey Affleck of the 2018 Golden Globes. Oldman won for Best Drama Actor at tonight’s January 7th, 2018 Golden Globes for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.
Like Affleck, Oldman also has a muddied past — a past that has some people questioning the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their Best Actor choice. In 2001, Donya Fiorentino, Oldman’s then-wife, claimed that he assaulted her with a telephone in front of their two children.
According to The Daily Beast, Fiorentino filed papers in Los Angeles Superior Court against Oldman, stating that he had choked her and then hit her in the face with the telephone.
In a 2014 interview with Playboy, Oldman complained about how some men can joke about abuse and use offensive slurs and others can’t. (Sure
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He also defended Mel Gibson’s rage-filled anti-Semitic tirade, stating that “[Gibson] got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things.” Oldman questioned whether or not the policeman that arrested Gibson had ever used the n-word or called someone “that fucking Jew.”
So once again, we’re left shaking our heads at Hollywood tonight. In light of the #MeToo movement, after so many women shared their stories of abuse and harassment — and even after witnessing the backlash the Golden Globes received after applauding Casey Affleck in 2017 — giving Gary Oldman a Golden Globe makes us think that Hollywood is too stuck in its ways to be on the right side of history.