Brendan Fraser won't attend Golden Globes even if he's nominated
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Brendan Fraser has revealed he has no plans to attend the Golden Globes next year even if he's nominated.
The 53-year-old actor is experiencing a career renaissance due to his critically acclaimed role in Darren Aronofsky's The Whale.
The drama follows a 600lb man called Charlie as he tries to reconnect with his teenage daughter, having left his family for a gay lover – who later died, sparking a spiral of guilt-induced binge eating for the reclusive protagonist.
With the Golden Globes fast approaching, Fraser has shared his reasons behind skipping the ceremony which he is predicted to be nominated.
In a 2018 profile with GQ magazine, The Mummy star said former Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) president Philip Berk groped him in 2003.
The organisation launched an internal investigation and according to Fraser, tried to explain Berk's alleged actions were intended as 'a joke'.
The HFPA released a statement which read: "The HFPA stands firmly against sexual harassment and the type of behaviour described in this article.
"Over the years we've continued a positive working relationship with Brendan, which includes announcing Golden Globe nominees, attending the ceremony and participating in press conferences.
"This report includes alleged information that the HFPA was previously unaware of and at this time we are investigating further details surrounding the incident."
Despite being a frontrunner for Best Actor at all the major awards ceremonies next year, Fraser explained his past with the HFPA is why he wouldn't attend a future ceremony.
“I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” Fraser told GQ. “No, I will not participate.”
He added: “It’s because of the history that I have with them. And my mother didn’t raise a hypocrite. You can call me a lot of things, but not that.”
LADbible has contacted the HFPA for further comment.
Following a 2021 Los Angeles Times investigation into the HFPA, NBC - the organisation's broadcast partner - refused to broadcast the 2022 Golden Globes. The show will be back on the NBC in January due to the HFPA introducing changes to its policies.
“We recognize the HFPA’s commitment to ongoing change and look forward to welcoming back the Golden Globes to NBC for its landmark 80th anniversary in January 2023,” Frances Berwick, chairman, entertainment networks, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said in a statement.
The Golden Globes will take place on 10 January 2023. The Whale is released on 3 February 2023.