Brendan Fraser’s emotional comeback leads to an Oscar winner

Brendan Fraser, winner of the Best Actor in a Leading Role Award for The Whale. (Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)

The renaissance is complete: Brendan Fraser has capped his incredible career comeback by winning the Best Actor Oscar for The Whale at the 2023 Oscars.

The Mummy star praised the virtues of “perseverance” after winning the Oscar, capping his much-discussed return to the top of the Hollywood A-list.

Fraser, 54, said he felt “light-headed” after his win but said the film, which won two Oscars during Sunday’s ceremony, would “change hearts and minds”.

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Fraser beat out Elvis’ Austin Butler, Irish actors Colin Farrell from The Banshees Of Inisherin and Paul Mescal from Aftersun, and British actor Bill Nighy for Living.

The award is Fraser’s first Oscar nomination and win.

The Whale (A24)

Brendan Fraser in The Whale. (A24)

In “The Whale,” he plays the obese and reclusive schoolteacher Charlie, who struggles to reconnect with his estranged daughter, played by “Stranger Things” star Sadie Sink.

During his emotional acceptance speech for the Oscars, Fraser thanked director Darren Aronofsky for “giving me a creative lifeline” and the studio for making “such a brave movie.”

“So this is what the multiverse looks like,” he said, picking up the gong.

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“I thank the Academy for this honor…Darren Aronofsky for throwing me a creative lifeline and getting me aboard the good ship The Whale.”

Addressing his fellow Best Actor contenders, he continued, “You have bared your whale-sized hearts for us to see into your souls in a way no one else could, and I’m honored to be in this category alongside you.” to be named.”

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 12: (LR) Leland Fraser, Holden Fraser, Brendan Fraser, winner of the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for

Leland Fraser, Holden Fraser, Best Actor winner Brendan Fraser for The Whale, and Jeanne Moore. (Getty Images)

Fraser thanked his family and sons, as well as his The Whale co-star Hong Chau, during the tearful speech.

“I want to tell you that only whales can swim in the depths of Hong Chau’s talent,” he said.

The whale won two Oscars during the ceremony, with Adrien Morot, Judy Chin and Annemarie Bradley scoring a gong for makeup and hairstyling.

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In his acceptance speech, makeup artist Morot said, “We would like to thank the amazing makeup artists who worked with us to create the character of Charlie. Thank you to our director, Darren Aronofsky, for taking us to new heights.

“Our great actor Brendan Fraser over there, thank you. Our producer, the studio and the academy, thank you so much.”

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