This is the reason why actor Brendan Fraser refused to attend the next Golden Globes ceremony
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Actor Brendan Fraser has announced that he will not be attending the next Golden Globes in Los Angeles in January.
Star known for movies MummyShe is one of Hollywood’s awards season favorites for her role in the film Whale.
In 2018, Fraser accused Phillip Berg, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) of the Golden Globes, of stalking her in 2003.
Fraser said the incident left her “withdrawn” and “feeling alone”.
The HFPA concluded that Berg “inappropriately touched” Fraser, but that it was “joking, not for sexual advances.”
When Fraser was asked in a new interview with GQ magazine if he would go to the Golden Globes next year if invited, he replied: “I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I respect the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The Hollywood Foreign Press. No, I won’t.
“It’s because of the history I have with them. My mother did not raise a hypocrite. They may call me many things, but not that.”
The incident occurred at an event at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2003, and Fraser previously told the magazine that she felt Berg’s finger as he began to “move” it around her butt.
“I felt bad,” the actor said in 2018. “I felt like a little baby. I felt like I had a lump in my throat. I thought I was going to cry.”
“I knew they were going to close ranks.”
He later apologized, but Berg told GQ in 2018: “My apology wasn’t an admission of wrongdoing, the usual: ‘If I’ve upset Mr Fraser, it wasn’t intentional, I apologise’.”
After conducting an internal investigation, the HFPA concluded that the incident was a hoax. Berg told GQ that he did not face any disciplinary action.
“I knew they were going to close teams,” Fraser said in his last interview. “I knew they were going to kick the can down the road. I knew they were going to get ahead of history. I knew I definitely had no future in that system.”
Fraser has received rave reviews WhaleIn it, he plays an obese literature professor.
He is considered the favorite to win best actor at next year’s Oscars, a feat usually repeated at precursor ceremonies such as the Golden Globes.
Screen International critic Wendy Ide said Fraser was “fully committed in her first major lead role in a decade”.
“Deserving of a Best Actor Oscar nomination,” wrote BBC Culture’s Nicholas Barber.
The Globes will return as a televised event in January after NBC canceled the telecast of this year’s ceremony. Racism, sexism and conflicts of interest.
Berg was expelled from the organization in 2021 after sharing an article describing the group Black Lives Matter as a “racist hate group”.
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