Wednesday, May 29, 2024

“The Whale” Star Brendan Fraser Won’t Attend Golden Globes if Nominated After Having Horrible Experience with Them


Brendan Fraser is on the awards fast track this season with a movie called “The Whale.” He’s gotten great reviews playing a 600 pound man contemplating the end of his life.

But now Fraser has told GQ Magazine that if the Golden Globes nominate him for Best Actor he will not attend the ceremony.

“I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” Fraser says “No, I will not participate.”

Fraser 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.”

Back in 2018 when #MeToo revelations were pouring out in Hollywood Fraser alleged that in 2003 Hollywood Foreign Press member Philip Berk groped him during a press conference. Berk denied it and the HFPA kept him until 2021 when he was finally ousted over making racist remarks. Fraser made the allegation in GQ to the very same reporter, and says the fallout was incredibly damaging. So you can’t blame him for not wanting to go there again.

The HFPA has gone through two years of scandal and reorganization. There was no Golden Globes show this past year, and NBC has allowed it return provisionally this coming January. Fraser’s announcement doesn’t do much to help the already battered institution. I would be surprised if Todd Boehly, who basically owns the Globes now, doesn’t do something to reach out to the actor to persuade him to change his mind.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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