‘Manchester by the Sea’: Meet the Cast of the 2017 Best Picture Nominee

Casey Affleck as Lee Chandler

Manchester By The Sea is an emotional drama nominated for the 2016 Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards. The film was made in the Boston area and takes its name from a real town on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Although it was directed by New York-native Kenneth Lonergan, it was co-produced by Boston native Matt Damon and stars Casey Affleck, who was born in Falmouth.

Affleck, who is the frontrunner for the Best Actor Oscar, stars as Lee Chandler, who becomes the guardian of his 16-year-old nephew after his brother Lee dies of a sudden heart attack. Lee is not prepared to be a father, especially since he is divorced and only works as a janitor in Quincy. The film centers on his relationship with his nephew.

Manchester by the Sea was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Michelle Williams), Best Supporting Actor (Lucas Hedges) and Best Actor (Affleck). Click through to meet the rest of the main cast. (Getty)