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Brendan Fraser nominated for Best Actor Golden Globe despite saying he won't turn up for ceremony

Joe Harker

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Brendan Fraser nominated for Best Actor Golden Globe despite saying he won't turn up for ceremony

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Brendan Fraser has been nominated for the Best Actor Golden Globe, but the star of The Whale has said he isn't going to the awards ceremony.

The actor's career renaissance, or 'Brenaissance' to some, continues as he's picked up the Best Actor nomination at the Golden Globes, having already won multiple awards for his leading role in The Whale.

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In the movie directed by Darren Aronofsky, Fraser plays a morbidly obese teacher attempting to reconcile with his daughter (Sadie Sink) after leaving her mother for a man who later died.

The film has received multiple standing ovations with particular praise for Fraser's acting, so it's no wonder he's tipped as a major contender to win the Best Actor gongs this awards season.

If he picks up the Golden Globe accolade, it's a strong signal that he could cap his cinematic comeback with a Best Actor win at the Oscars.

Brendan Fraser is one of the favourites to win the Best Actor award at the Golden Globes, but he won't be there to pick it up in person. Credit: Zuma Press / Alamy Stock Photo
Brendan Fraser is one of the favourites to win the Best Actor award at the Golden Globes, but he won't be there to pick it up in person. Credit: Zuma Press / Alamy Stock Photo
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However, Fraser has previously been clear that he won't be attending the Golden Globes after alleging that he was groped and assaulted by the former Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) president Philip Berk in 2003.

It is the Hollywood Foreign Press which decide who gets nominated for and ultimately wins a Golden Globe, and Fraser said he took a complaint to them at the time over the alleged incident.

He said the HFPA investigated the incident and wanted the actor to sign a joint statement which said Fraser had been inappropriately touched, but that it had been done as a joke and not a sexual advance.

The actor claimed his career 'withered on a vine' after he spoke out, and explained that he would therefore not be attending the Golden Globes again.

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He said he wouldn't be going 'because of the history that I have with them' and explained that he had 'more history' with the HFPA 'than I have respect'.

Berk has denied the accusations made against him.

Brendan Fraser and The Whale director Darren Aronofsky. Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo
Brendan Fraser and The Whale director Darren Aronofsky. Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo

While the actor likes to keep his private life private where he can, to the point that many fans didn't even know he had children, he was recently pictured with sons Leland and Holden at a New York screening of The Whale.

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While he shot to fame with movies like The Mummy and George of the Jungle, Fraser believes his performance in The Whale is the 'most physical' and 'most heroic' role of his career.

Fraser faces competition for the Best Actor award from Austin Butler for his role in Elvis, Hugh Jackman for The Son, Bill Nighy in Living and Jeremy Pope in The Inspection.

Topics: Celebrity, Golden Globes, Film and TV

Joe Harker
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