Oscar Nominated Brendan Fraser At the AARP Movies for GrownUps Awards

Valeria Cova
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After taking some time off from Hollywood, Brendan Fraser has returned stronger than ever. The 54-year-old actor has been dominating award season thanks to his performance in Darren Aronofsky's film, The Whale.

Brendan In The Company Of His Partner

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Fraser's latest appearance was on the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards. He attended in the company of his partner, Jeanne Moore, and his co-star Hong Chau. While Brendan stood out with a navy blue suit, Moore used a black mini dress and Chau a white fringe long dress.

He Left With Another Award

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By the night's end, Brendan received the award for best actor, presented by Chau. In his speech, he talked about how lucky he felt because of his renewal, "I stand before you as Oscar-nominated; I know life doesn't begin at 50, but it can renew and reward beyond our wildest dreams. I'm proof of that, as are so many of the people in this room."

First Time Oscar-Nominee

Brendan's presence was highly anticipated; this was his first appearance since his Oscar nomination was announced earlier last week. This is his first nomination to the prestigious award, and he leads as a fan favorite.

The Critics Have Highly Praised His Performance

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The Whale follows the story of Charlie (Fraser), an overweight English teacher who struggles with several health and personal issues and is trying to build a relationship with his daughter, Ellie, played by Sadie Sink.

The Story About Redemption

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The movie's production began in 2021, right after it became public that Fraser would be playing the starring role. The film is based on Samuel D. Hunter's play of the same name, which was inspired by his own life as a person who struggled with obesity and addiction to eating.

The Standing Ovation At Venice

The movie became one of the most anticipated films after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September, where Fraser received a standing ovation for several minutes. The gesture evidently moved the actor, who has been very thankful for the public's reaction to his awaited comeback.

His Heartwarming Speech

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According to Fraser, the movie has the power to save lives, as he felt saved by the director who offered him the opportunity to play the role of his life. During his acceptance speech at the Critics Choice Awards, Brendan said, "I want you to know that it's good to have the strength to just go to the light. Good things will happen."

Fraser Is Surprised At The Recognition He Has Received

The Encino Man actor offered a tearful and heartwarming speech during the Critics Choice Awards, where he won the award for Best Actor. Despite being one of the most famous actors in Hollywood during the 90s and the early 2000s, Fraser never felt like he belonged in the industry or that his work would be recognized as much as it is now.

The Return Of 'The Mummy'

Though he's mainly focused on the movie's press, he took some time to surprise some of his fans at a special screening of one of his classic films, The Mummy. He showed up at the theater to return to his role as Rick O'Connell one more time.