The actor had a historic comeback on screen with his latest movie and is now a big contender in this award season.
As an audience, we can’t deny that this award season of 2023 is witnessing some of the most unpredictable and toughest contests between the actors vying for the prestigious titles of best actor. However, one person who is receiving overwhelming warm welcomes back to the film industry is none other than Brendan Fraser for his challenging role in The Whale. Millennial movie lovers can proudly claim that Brendan Fraser has made their childhood amazing with The Mummy films which were released in the early 2000s, and now, we have the privilege to watch him receive his due credits as an actor.
In the 2023 Critics’ Choice Awards, which took place this Sunday, Brendan was awarded the Best Actor award, and the 54-year-old star couldn’t hold back his tears on the podium after he was handed the trophy by Angela Bassett. He made sure to reflect on his long and tough journey back to the spotlight of Hollywood and how his recent film The Whale is all about finding the light in a dark place, redemption, and love.
Opening his speech with reference to a Herman Melville line on critics in America, Fraser is thankful that the critics “woke up” for him and applauded his performance. He also thanked director Darren Aronofsky for giving him the rare opportunity to do a movie like The Whale and showing him where he “needed to be.” Fraser quoted at the ceremony:
I was in the wilderness, and I probably should have left a trail of breadcrumbs, but you’ve found me. And like all the best directors, you merely just showed me where to go to get to where I needed to be. I want you to know that if you too can have the strength to just get to your feet and go to the light, good things will happen.
His powerful speech and the message that was carried within moved the guests at the ceremony to the brink of tears as they cheered and gave Fraser a standing ovation.
In the award ceremony, Fraser was also greeted by Ke Huy Quan, whose speech after his Golden Globe win for Everything Everywhere All At Once had also made the fans quite emotional. No doubt these two actors warmly connected because they were both treated like an outcast in the industry for several years until they made a comeback strong enough to prove their worth as an actor.
Fraser has three upcoming projects in post-production, which include, Killers Of The Flower Moon, Behind The Curtain Of Night, and Brothers. We wish nothing but the very best for the actor in his career ahead.