Amidst Controversy & COVID-19, Lee Jung Jae Confirms Golden Globes Absence!
Despite receiving nominations, Actor Lee Jung Jae has confirmed that he will miss the 2022 Golden Globes!
As of writing this article, today on the 5th of January, Artist Company (Lee Jung Jae's agency), announced, "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. He also made the decision considering other factors like the COVID-19 situation and the quarantine requirements," Artist Company added regarding Lee Jung Jae's choice.
Notably, the Golden Globes is an American awards show where the nominees and winners are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (aka the HFPA), made up of foreign film journalists from multiple countries. Thus, Lee Jung Jae's shows the seriousness of the matter.
Although the Golden Globes is typically made up of superstars and seen as a prestigious event, the awards show has been pressed with allegations regarding corruption and biases among the members of the HFPA, making the absence of Lee Jung Jae, not a surprise.
In the previous year, the Golden Globes were severely caught under fire as allegations of racism were brought up when "Minari" won the Best Foreign Language Film although it was produced by an American production company, written and directed by a Korean-American, and centered around the Korean-American experience. Further giving Lee Jung Jae cause not to go.
The Golden Globes' reason for doing this was due to half of "Minari" was not in English.
Furthermore, Lee Jung Jae was slated to attend the Critics Choice Awards, which will occur at the same time as the Golden Globes, but decided to pass up his schedule in the U.S. due to COVID-19.