Brendan Fraser misplaced on the Golden Globes on Tuesday evening for his efficiency in The Whale. The actor was up for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association award for Best Actor in a Drama Motion Picture, however was crushed out for the trophy by Elvis star Austin Butler. Fraser famously declined to attend the event after he accused the group’s former president Philip Berk of groping him in 2003.

“I can’t imagine I’m right here proper now. I simply need to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for this honor. I need to additionally say to my fellow nominees: you’ve gotten turned in essentially the most stunning, profound work, and I’m so honored and proud to be listed amongst you,” supplied Butler throughout his acceptance speech.

Fraser told GQ in November that he would “not take part” within the awards present resulting from his historical past with the voting physique of the coveted trophy.

“I’ve extra historical past with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I’ve respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” Fraser stated. “It’s due to the historical past that I’ve with them. And my mom didn’t elevate a hypocrite. You can name me a variety of issues, however not that.”

Back in 2018, the HFPA investigated Fraser’s claims in opposition to Berk and located that “Berk inappropriately touched Mr. Fraser,” however that “proof helps that it was meant to be taken as a joke and never as a sexual advance.” The HFPA, which didn’t have any Black voting members till 2021, expelled Berk in 2021 for remarks he made about Black Lives Matter.

Fraser stated he would contemplate returning to the awards present if vital adjustments have been made to the group.


“According to guidelines of engagement, it might be my duty to try it and make a dedication at the moment, if that turned the state of affairs,” Fraser informed GQ. “And it must be, I don’t know, what’s the phrase I’m trying for… honest? I might need some gesture of constructing drugs out of poison by some means. I don’t know what that’s. But that might be my hope. But it’s not about me.”

Fraser already won the Toronto International Film Festival’s Tribute Award for his position in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale. He can also be among the many frontrunners to win Best Actor on the 2023 Academy Awards on March 12.

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