Casey Affleck Speaks Out About His Oscar’s Regret: ‘I Didn’t Thank My Children’

Casey Affleck got his first ever Academy Award this weekend for his lead role in Manchester By The Sea.

But whilst he may be taking that golden ‘Best Actor’ Oscar statue home, he has since admitted that he has one major regret from Sunday night’s ceremony.

The younger Affleck brother forgot to thank two very important people during his Oscar’s acceptance speech – his sons, Indiana, 12, and Atticus, 9.

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Manchester By The Sea sees him play the lead role of Lee Chandler who has no choice but to step up as his nephew’s guardian when his brother, the child’s dad, tragically dies.

Despite being nominated at the Academy Awards before, this marked the first ever win for the talented actor.

Talking backstage after his victory, Affleck admitted that he was full of regret for not mentioning his children during his speech.

I didn’t thank my children, which is something that I’ll probably never ever live down. About three seconds after I made it backstage, my phone rang and my son said, ‘You didn’t even mention us.’ And my heart just sank.

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He went on to admit,

So, you know, that probably would have been the most meaningful thing I could have said and I failed.

One person who he was sure to thank however was his older brother Ben Affleck, who watched on with tears in his eyes as his sibling had his moment in the spotlight.

Casey also thanked his parents, co-producer Matt Damon, screenwriter and director Kenneth Lonergan, as well as Denzel Washington, who was also nominated in the category for Best Actor for his lead role in Fences. 

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Talking about his brother Ben while getting teary-eyed in the Dolby Theatre on Sunday night, Casey said,

I wasn’t sure if he was just…I saw those tears and I thought maybe I’m just not making a good speech and he was really disappointed. But I think he was probably touched, and I think that we are — I mean, not to brag or anything, but I think we’re the only two brothers to win Academy Awards, ever.

Ben won an Academy Award for ‘Best Writing/Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen’ in 1998 for Good Will Hunting, along with Matt Damon.


It seemed Casey had learned from his mistake at the Golden Globes in January when he forgot to mention Ben in his acceptance speech for the ‘Best Actor in a Motion Picture’ award.

At the time, he told E! News,

I was sort of just curious as to what I was supposed to be thanking him for… There’s a lot of things to thank Ben for, but standing at the Golden Globes was not the moment to do it since he wasn’t involved in the movie.

The Oscars proved to be the moment he felt was right to thank his brother. We wonder what his sons will have to say about that?