There was no shortage of buzzy moments at this year's Oscars. That Best Picture snafu! Meryl Streep's highly controversial ensemble! Nicole Kidman's awkward applause! But there was one subtle but equally powerful moment during the ceremony that you might have missed.
Many speculated that Brie, who won an Oscar last year for playing a sexual assault survivor in Room and is an advocate for sexaul assault survivors, kept her hands by her side as Casey accepted his award because of the sexual harassment allegations against him by two women that were allegedly committed during the filming of I'm Still Here, as The Daily Beast shined a light on last November. The suit was eventually settled out of court in 2010.
Brie confirmed "that her reaction was intentional," according to Vanity Fair, who caught up with the actress at the Hollywood premiere of her latest movie, Kong: Skull Island, on Wednesday. “I think that whatever it was that I did onstage kind of spoke for itself,” she said. “I’ve said all that I need to say about that topic.”
Casey has denied the allegations and told The Boston Globe after his Oscar win at the end of February that both sides in the case are prohibited from speaking on the matter. But he did tell the newspaper that, “I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else."
He then added, “There’s really nothing I can do about it... Other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time.”