‘The Whale’ star Brendan Fraser gives emotional speech at Critics Choice Awards after Best Actor win – Deadline

Brendan Fraser won Best Actor at the Critics Choice Awards for his work on The whale and gave one of the most emotional speeches of the night.

Fraser began to cry when his name was announced as the winner and, as he took the stage, quoted that Herman Melville “once wrote that there are only five critics in America, the rest are asleep.” While the actor said he wasn’t quite sure what that meant, he said he was “happy.” [the critics] woke up for me.”

He continued: “This movie, The whale, it’s about love, it’s about redemption. It’s about finding the light in a dark place and I’m so lucky to have worked with an ensemble that is incredible.”

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Fraser then recognized his costars calling Hong Chau, saying she “should have her own movie based on every character she’s ever played.” Sadie Sink also got a shoutout, noting that she was “incredible.” Fraser called Sam Hunter his “lighthouse” and said Ty Simpkins “won the game ball every day.”

“Darren Aronofsky, I was in the wilderness and I probably should have left a trail of bread crumbs, but you found me,” he added. “And like all the best directors, you just showed me where to go to get to where I needed to be.”

Fraser concluded his speech with a powerful message: “If, like a guy like Charlie, who I played in this movie, you’re struggling with obesity in any way, or if you just feel like you’re in a dark sea sit. I want you to know that if you too can have the strength to just stand up and go to the light. Good things will happen.”

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When the actor went backstage, he said the award meant “more than words can say”, adding that making the film was “an act of faith”. We all approached this piece as if it were the first and last time we’d ever get the chance to do this kind of work… I think this movie can do a lot of good.”

Watch his speech in the video below.

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Katie Campione contributed to this report.

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