Casey Affleck won Best Performance at the N.Y. Film Critics Circle Awards. This is typically meaningless because every actor wins some type of an award during their career because there are eight million award events.
However, Affleck made it meaningful with his acceptance speech. Instead of thanking everyone and giving some speech about global warming or something, Affleck decided to roast host David Edelstein by reciting Edelstein’s criticsm of Affleck’s acting skills.
“Affleck, though likable, doesn’t have a lot of variety and resorts to chewing gum to give his character through-lines…”
“Affleck’s line readings would be too mumbly and mulish even for the glory days of ’50s Method [acting] and he might as well be wearing a T-shirt that says ‘Shoot Me.’ Fortunately, he’s not the lead…”
“It’s looking like whenever I see Affleck’s name in a movie’s credits, you can expect a standard, genre B picture — slowed down and tarted up…”
Who knew that Affleck had a sense of humor. I watched him host Saturday Night Live, and pretty much agree with what Edelstein wrote in his reviews. Props to you, Casey Affleck.