Watch: Casey Affleck wins Best Actor for Manchester By The Sea at 89th Academy Awards

Los Angeles: Actor Casey Affleck won an Oscar in the Best Actor category for his role as a grieving brother in Manchester by the Sea at the 89th Annual Academy Awards.

He was announced as the winner of the golden statuette at the ceremony — being held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Sunday night.

Casey appeared to be surprised when his name was announced and as his brother and actor Ben Affleck excitedly lunged towards him to kiss him.

Other nominees were: Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Ryan Gosling (La La Land), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic) and Denzel Washington (Fences).

Casey Affleck poses in the press room with the award for best actor in a leading role for "Manchester by the Sea" at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Casey Affleck poses in the press room with the award for best actor in a leading role for "Manchester by the Sea" at the Oscars on Sunday, 26 Februry 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. AP Photo

The first word as Casey walked upto the stage to accept the award was "Dammit".

"It means so much to me. Thank you everyone", he said.

He also thanked Washington and said: "One of the first people who taught me how to act was Denzel Washington, and I just met him tonight."

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It is his first Oscar, and Casey was was nominated once before, in 2008 Best Supporting Actor for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

In Manchester by the Sea, Casey's character is seen as guardian of his teenage nephew, Patrick after his brother's sudden death. The story depicts how he comes out his self-imposed sentence of solitary confinement and also throws light on his struggles to stick around in a world without his brother and this new responsibility.

Casey said he is "really proud to be a part of this community".

"I'm just dumbfounded that I'm included", he added.

Concluding his acceptance speech, Casey said: "I wish I had something bigger and more meaningful to say." He thanked his family for their constant support.

He was presented the award by last year's best actress winner Brie Larson.


Published Date: Feb 27, 2017 01:31 pm | Updated Date: Feb 27, 2017 01:31 pm

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