'Manchester By the Sea' star Casey Affleck declares 'God is love' in Golden Globes speech

"Manchester by the Sea" lead star Casey Affleck echoed fellow actor Denzel Washington's declaration that "God is love" when he delivered his speech after accepting the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama on Sunday. 

(REUTERS / Stephanie Keith)Casey Affleck poses for a photograph on the red carpet at the National Board of Review Awards in New York City, U.S. January 4, 2017.

At the beginning of his Golden Globe acceptance speech, Affleck expressed his appreciation for director Kenneth Lonergan and his co-star Michelle Williams. The "Manchester by the Sea" star also joked about producer Matt Damon's decision to pass on the role, The Christian Post relays.

"I suspect you won't be passing on any more movies in the future when I might be anywhere nearby," Affleck told Damon from the stage. "I'll take this one."

An emotional Affleck also talked about how important his family is to him. At the end of his speech, the Golden Globe awardee repeated something that fellow actor Denzel Washington said a few years ago.

"I remember years ago, Denzel Washington was on stage, and he got up here and said, 'God is love,' and well, I agree, I guess," said Affleck. "Thank you, Denzel."

The "God is love" comment earned Affleck a thumbs up from Washington.

Discussing his faith in public is something that Washington, the son of a Pentecostal preacher, is known to do. In recent years, he has noticeably been crediting his faith in Jesus Christ for his success in Hollywood.

In a 2012 interview with GQ Magazine, Washington revealed that he reads his Bible every single day. He also shared how his first encounter with the Holy Spirit frightened him so much that he had to open up to his mother about it. She then explained that he was just being filled with the Holy Spirit.

For Washington, spirituality is important not only in his personal life but also in his career and all the other aspects in his life. In an interview with Beliefnet, he said it is the reason why he is in the entertainment industry and said it is what he has been "blessed" to do.

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