The ’Squid Game’ star will not fly out for the prestigious awards show.
Lee Jun Jae’s management agency Artist Company released a statement Wednesday, January 5, regarding his decision not to attend the 2022 Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in California, USA on Sunday, January 9.
The actor was nominated for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama category for his role in Netflix’s “Squid Game.” But he will not attend the awards show due to the planned boycott of various media organizations over the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA)’s inaction in the call to widen their membership diversity. HFPA is the host of the Golden Globes.
“He is immensely grateful to have been nominated in the Best Actor category at the Golden Globes, but he has decided not to attend the ceremony. He recognizes that Netflix is not participating in the Golden Globes, as has been widely reported around the world,” the agency stated.
Other studios like Amazon, Warner Media, and NBC also confirmed their participation in boycotting the awards show. NBC was the long-time broadcaster of the Golden Globes but decided to pull out the airing due to the diversity issue.
“Squid Game” is also nominated for Best Television Series – Drama, while actor O Yeong-su vies for the Best Supporting Performance in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film.
Aside from the diversity issue, Lee Jung Jae also opted to miss the event because of the growing number of COVID-19 cases around the world. “He also made the decision considering other factors like the COVID-19 situation and the quarantine requirements,” the actor’s agency also said. It is also the reason why he will have to miss the Critics Choice Awards scheduled also on Sunday.