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Brendan Fraser Gets Emotional After Oscar Win, Thanks Dear Friend for 'Creative Lifeline'
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Brendan Fraser Gets Emotional After Oscar Win, Thanks Dear Friend for 'Creative Lifeline'

'The Whale' is an adaptation of Samuel D. Hunter’s play about a reclusive teacher who weighs 600 pounds.

Brendan Fraser, winner of the Best Actor in a Leading Role award for ’The Whale’, poses in the press room during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Ovation Hollywood on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

Trigger Warning: This article contains details of sexual assault that some readers may find distressing

Brendan Fraser's comeback has been the journey of a lifetime for the actor. The 54-year-old transformed into a 600-pound man for Darren Aronofsky’s film, The Whale. According to Variety, the character was his first leading role since 2013's Breakout. Fans have previously seen the actor in the F/X limited series Trust and the HBO Max series Doom Patrol as well as in a supporting role in Steven Soderbergh’s No Sudden Movie. But it's his role in the adaptation of Samuel D. Hunter’s play about a fat, reclusive teacher who weighs 600 pounds and attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter that got noticed by critics and fans.

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Darren Aronofsky, Hong Chau, Samuel D. Hunter, Sadie Sink and Brendan Fraser attend the photocall for
Darren Aronofsky, Hong Chau, Samuel D. Hunter, Sadie Sink and Brendan Fraser attend the photocall for "The Whale" at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 04, 2022 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)

Brendan Fraser was named Best Actor at the 2023 Oscars beating out Austin Butler (Elvis), Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin), Paul Mescal (Aftersun) and Bill Nighy (Living). The ’90s heartthrob got emotional during his speech thanking his cast, crew and family. “I’m grateful to Darren Aronofsky for throwing me a creative lifeline and hauling me aboard the good ship The Whale,” Fraser said, according to PEOPLE. “That was written by Samuel D. Hunter who is our lighthouse." Speaking to his fellow nominees, he added, "you laid your whale-sized hearts bare so that we could see into your souls like no one else could do. It is my honor to be named alongside you in this category. I want to tell you that only whales can swim at the depth of talent of Hong Chau [fellow nominee].”

Brendan Fraser accepts the Best Actor award for
Brendan Fraser accepts the Best Actor award for "The Whale" onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)