Brendan Fraser announces boycott of the 2023 Golden Globes

Brendan Fraser is announced as the big favorite during the future season of film awards. Still, The Whale actor said he won’t be attending the Golden Globes ceremony, which airs Jan. 10, 2023.

The year 2022 has seen the return of Brendan Fraser to center stage. First at the Venice Film Festivala festival during which the actor of The Mummy (1999) had the right to a long standing ovation for its interpretation in The Whale. In Darren Aronofsky’s new film, the 53-year-old actor plays a morbidly obese man who struggles to put things back together with his daughter (Sadie Skink).

A new boycott for the Golden Globes

Today, the actor is announced as the big favorite during the Hollywood awards season which will open on January 10, 2023 with the Golden Globes. If the nominations will not be made public until December 12, Brendan Fraser has already declared that he will not participate in the American ceremony, whether he is nominated or not, during an interview granted to QG. ” I have more of a complicated history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than respect for it. explains the actor. ” So no, I will not participate in the Golden Globes. I have a past with them, and my mother didn’t raise me as a hypocrite. I can be called all kinds of names, but not a hypocrite. »

The first photo unveiled of Brendan Fraser in The Whale. © A24

During this interview, the actor explained that he had a good reason not to attend the ceremony: four years ago, he revealed that he was shocked by the actions of Philip Berk, the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association , whom he accuses of sexual assault during the lunch preceding the 2003 edition. In 2018, in QG also, he revealed this affair, detailing that Philip Berk had stroked his buttocks in front of everyone. An inappropriate gesture that he did not accept. “I don’t know if that disavowed me to the AHPF, but the silence that followed was deafening » he explained then. Am I still scared? Absolutely. Have I ever felt the need to talk about it? Absolutely. Have I wanted to do it many times? Absolutely. »

An investigation was then opened, without however leading to the dismissal of Berk. Despite the scandal, he remained in place for another three years, stating via an official press release from the group: “Although it was concluded that Mr. Berk did touch Mr. Fraser inappropriately, it appears that this gesture should be taken as a joke and not as a sexual advance. » In 2021, Philip Berk was finally removed from his post following hate speech against the Black Lives Matter movement. Statements that had served as a bomb, while the association has been pointed out many times for its lack of diversity. Several stars of show business had also strongly condemned this system, subsequently forcing NBC to make a radical decision: not to broadcast the Golden Globes ceremony, organized without an audience, live.

Since then, the management team has been reshuffled and the 2023 ceremony will finally be broadcast on NBC on January 10. Among the male nominees, we should notably find Austin Butler for Elvis, Tom Cruise for Top Gun: Maverickor even Colin Farrell for The Banshees of Inisherin. It remains to be seen whether despite this announced boycott, Brendan Fraser will have a chance to defend his role in The Whale.

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Brendan Fraser announces boycott of the 2023 Golden Globes