Squid Game star Lee Jung Jae will not attend the 2022 Golden Globes despite being nominated for the awards. The actor, who starred in the dystopian drama, has been nominated for Best Performance By An Actor in a Television Series. Squid Game was also nominated for Best Television Series – Drama and O Yeong Su was nominated for Best Supporting Actor – Television.
On January 5, Lee Jung Jae’s management company, Artist Company, released a statement that read: “He is extremely grateful to be nominated in the Best Actor category at the Golden Globes, but he has decided not to attend the ceremony. He acknowledges that Netflix is not participating in the Golden Globes as reported around the world, and he also made the decision taking into account other factors such as the COVID-19 situation and the quarantine requirements.”
While the Golden Globes is the precursor to the Academy Awards, it came under fire for allegations of corruption and lack of diversity among members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). As a result, Hollywood called for a boycott of the awards ceremony, and studios such as Netflix, Warner Media and Amazon have stated that they will not participate in the ceremony until HFPA implements new reforms. NBC, which has been broadcasting the show for years, also canceled its commitment to broadcast the show.
Lee Jung Jae had planned to attend the Critics Choice Awards but had to cancel his US schedule due to the COVID-19 situation.