Casey Affleck has changed his mind about awards season after winning big ahead of the Oscars

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This year’s awards season has changed Casey Affleck, and not just because he might be walking away with an Oscar by the end of the night.

“I feel great, I feel really, really happy to be here,” Affleck told the PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network during the red carpet on Sunday. “It’s pretty fun. I’ll never make fun of entertainment award shows again.”

Affleck, unlike his famous brother Ben, has famously eschewed the Hollywood lifestyle and admitted in the past that he isn’t super keen on all the attention that comes with awards season. But this year, as he has his eye on the Best Actor Oscar for Manchester by the Sea, things have changed.

“You get to meet people you’ve looked up to … there’s a lot of shouting and bright lights and stuff but other than that it’s great.”

PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly’s Red Carpet Live streaming pre-show is giving fans an inside look into this year’s Oscars. PEOPLE Deputy Editor JD Heyman and Lola Ogunnaike, host of PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN’s) Entertainment Weekly: The Show, will be on the red carpet in L.A. while PEOPLE Now hosts Jeremy Parsons and Andrea Boehlke will lead the panel discussions from our N.Y.C. studio with the Time Inc. experts. And PEOPLE and EW editorial director Jess Cagle will give a behind-the-scenes look at Oscars prep.

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Watch the PEOPLE and EW Red Carpet Live Oscars pre-show on Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Go to, or download the app on your favorite device. Then watch our Red Carpet Fashion Wrap-Up after the Oscars!

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The Academy Awards kicks off live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 26, with a 7 p.m. ET pre-show and 8:30 p.m. ceremony. See all the Oscar nominees and get your own ballot here!