Brandon Fraser joined Howard Stern’s SiriusXM talk show and continued to rock the Golden Globes, despite being nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his performance in Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale.” The year he did not participate. Austin Butler won the category for “Elvis.” Fraser has accused Philip Burke, former president and member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, of harassing her at a 2003 luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Fraser revealed the alleged assault in a 2018 GQ interview. Burke later denied Fraser’s allegations.
During his interview with Howard Stern, Fraser said Butler’s Globes win for “Elvis” was “well-deserved” and “a big win for him.” He added that he has no interest in winning the award himself (via the people).
“I find myself wondering if this is a cynical nomination,” Fraser said. “I couldn’t really tell because of my history with them and the fact that I have yet to see the results of their reformation. We’re all still waiting for it, to tell you the truth… what It doesn’t matter to me. I don’t want it. I didn’t even ask for consideration, it was supposed to.
Fraser continued, “They needed me, I didn’t need them. Because it wouldn’t make sense to me. Where would I put that jewel? What would I do with it?”
When asked if he felt other actors should have joined him in not going to the Globes, Fraser replied, “It’s my fight, no one else’s… doesn’t have to stand in solidarity with me….maybe. But, you know, it’s going to be a leap of faith for whatever it is. It’s going to be a calculated risk and the cynical view of it all. It can also be shortened very easily.”
“I honestly don’t even want to think about it that much because it’s not that important to me,” Fraser continued about the Globes. “And the good news is that they did something important in that broadcast that changed the way I think about them: They put Zielinski front and center. They let him on stage, and that’s a powerful statement. Yes and I can support it.
Fraser confirmed to GQ magazine in November that he was skipping the Globes, saying at the time, “No, I won’t be attending… it’s because of the history I have with them. And my mom. didn’t raise a hypocrite. You can call me many things, but not like this.
For his performance in “The Whale,” Fraser is currently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
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