January 07, 2022 12:35
"Squid Game" stars Lee Jung-jae and O Yeong-su will not be attending the Golden Globe Awards, which are scheduled to take place this weekend.
The actors' decision came amid a boycott of this year's Golden Globes by major Hollywood producers and stars over corruption and discrimination scandals.
Netflix's hit Korean series "Squid Game" has been nominated for three awards -- Best Television Series – Drama, Best Performance by an Actor for Lee and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for O.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organizes the Golden Globes, has been engulfed by numerous controversies ranging from racism and sexism in its nominating process to lack of race representation and bribery.
With the award ceremony just days away, organizers are even having trouble finding presenters.
Lee's agency said it would be difficult for the actor to attend the ceremony due to other engagements and the necessary quarantine period for U.S. visits.
O said he would also be unable to attend the event, because he will be performing in a play starting Friday.
A Netflix staffer said, "Kim Ji-yeon, the chief of the series' production company Siren Pictures, and director Hwang Dong-hyuk apparently have no plans to attend the award ceremony."
The movies "Parasite" and "Minari" won Best Foreign Language Film at the events in 2020 and 2021, but this is the first time a Korean TV drama has been nominated.
The Golden Globes are considered among the top two U.S. movie awards along with the Oscars.
U.S. broadcaster ABC said Wednesday, "The upcoming Golden Globes will be a very quiet affair -- a far cry from what used to be known as the rowdiest awards show of the season." It added that this year there will be "no audience, no red carpet and no media credentials provided for journalists to cover the event."
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