An Oscar Win For Brendan Fraser Marks His Career Comeback

An Oscar Win For Brendan Fraser Marks His Career Comeback

Updated on March 13, 2023 13:24 PM by Andrew Koschiev

With "The Whale," Brendan Fraser revived a career that was once so promising. He won the best actor Oscar for that role. On stage Sunday night, an emotional Fraser, breathing heavily, thanked the audience for acknowledging him 30 years after he started this business.

Making amends as an English teacher

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Among his five first-time nominations, Fraser beat out Austin Butler, Colin Farrell, Paul Mescal, and Bill Nighy from "Elvis," the first time that had happened since 1935. As Charlie, a 600-pound reclusive gay English teacher trying to make amends with his teenage daughter, Fraser felt his role was exactly what he needed. 

Fraser wouldn't have authentically played a character who suffers from sadness, pain, and life-threatening obesity if he had begun his career earlier. The film will change some hearts and minds, which makes me feel really good," he said backstage. As a result of Fraser's portrayal at film festivals in Venice and Toronto, he received standing ovations, and his early praise continued throughout the winter and fall.

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An opportunity to learn humility

His performance earned him the best reviews of his career and a SAG Award. As part of the acceptance speech, he often shed a few tears. It was evident that the reaction of his Hollywood peers moved him as he clutched his Oscar in one hand. In addition to providing me with a lesson in humility and gratitude, this has been an incredibly rewarding and affirming experience," he said backstage. 

The Hollywood industry has always embraced career comebacks. His first films were "Encino Man" and "School Ties" in the early 1990s, where he became an international star. The Mummy trilogy and George of the Jungle posters featured him alongside fellow Oscar nominee Michelle Yeoh. "Gods and Monsters," "The Quiet American", and "Crash" were among his dramatic roles.

Awarded one of the film's biggest awards

There were also some projects he failed to complete. Fraser disappeared all but completely. After a divorce, his mother's death, and an alleged assault by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association president, he took several years off acting. He boycotted the Golden Globes this year. 

Two years ago, he appeared in director Steven Soderbergh's movie "No Sudden Move" as part of his career resurgence. Having now won one of the biggest prizes in film, he expressed hope that he could live up to this.

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