Brendan Fraser tearfully accepts award for ‘The Whale’ in first solo film in 25 years

Brendan Fraser, one of the most endearing actors to roam the top ranks of the awards circuit, is coming off a major win.

As TV’s brightest stars gathered at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday, Fraser and his indie film cohorts attended the Toronto International Film Festival – where Fraser won a coinciding Tribute Award for Performance with his role in “The Whale” by Darren Aronofsky.

“It’s new to me, as things go,” Fraser joked. “Because normally I’m the guy on the podium who hands out these things, and I’m really good at it. The trick is: left hand, hold; right hand, shake. Left hand, hold; right hand , shake. Yeah.”

The actor has spent the past quarter century on the fringes of Hollywood. While “The Mummy” made him a recognizable movie star, his last solo award as a movie actor was at the Seattle International Film Festival in 1997.

“Besides being part of some awesome and talented ensembles, I think the last time I waited to hear my name out loud to receive an award was in fourth grade. peewee bowling league,” Fraser said in Toronto.

“Wait, it gets better,” he continued. “It was a small cup, it was about tall and it had the words ‘high gambling handicap’ carved into it. To this day I still don’t know what that means. But mum said it was a major award. Oh, the name “Brian Fusher” was engraved on the plaque as well.

Fraser mysteriously disappeared from the spotlight after going public that someone in the industry had sexually assaulted him.

He played smaller roles in indie films without fanfare before landing the role of an endearing 600-pound English teacher in ‘The Whale’ which seems to have won the hearts of critics – and an enthusiastic standing ovation in Toronto. which made Fraser cry.

This week’s win could signal a full-fledged comeback and a strong chance of him being nominated for an Oscar, according to EW.

”The Whale” is a story of redemption – he’s gone through major life changes and has forgotten who he is and those he loves, and he’s running out of time to tell them that – if he can at all,” Fraser said. in Toronto.

“Brian, if you’re in the house, you can pick up your janky 45-year-old trophy in the locker room after the show,” Fraser joked. “This one is mine.”


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