The Brendan Fraser comeback continues, and there is serious talk of an Oscar nomination for best actor for his performance in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale. As Hollywood has several bellwether, warm-up events throughout awards season then you could expect Fraser to appear around town picking up several other awards on the path to the Oscars.
Except one. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globes. The Globes are back after a short hiatus due to some controversy. They will be shown on NBC in 2023. No word yet on how they will top Ricky Gervais as host, pretty much destroying the entire room full of celebrities several times.
In an interview with GQ magazine Fraser confirmed he won’t be attending, whatever happens. Fraser’s career stalled when he accused former HFPA president Philip Berk of groping him at a 2003 luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Berk has disputed this allegation. Fraser said:
“I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I have respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. No, I will not participate… 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.”
It was this alleged incident that caused Fraser to pull back from his career and he has spoken about how it affected his mental health.
The Globes and the HFPA are no strangers to controversy. A Los Angeles Times expose detailed allegations of unethical behaviour at the organisation. Tom Cruise sent back his awards and the aforementioned Berk was heavily criticized for calling Black Lives Matter a “racist hate organisation” when they came after the HFPA over lack of black representation. BLM obviously did this in between spending funds on mansions for its leadership.
There has been a series of reforms as a result at the HFPA. Of these reforms, Fraser simply says:
“Maybe time will tell if they’re going to… I don’t know what they’re going to do. I don’t know.”