Brendan Fraser won Best Actor at the 2023 Critics Choice Awards

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The star of “The Whale” returned to the industry after more than 10 years away

Brendan Fraser won Best Actor at the 2023 Critics Choice Awards

Brendan Fraser accepts the Best Actor award for "The Whale" during the 28th annual Critics Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 15, 2023. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Brendan Fraser —Hollywood star of the 1990s 1990s—surprised with his famous return to awards season by winning Best Actor for his role in The Whale, the latest film by Darren Aronofsky.< /p>

Through tears, the actor thanked for being selected for the project, for being nominated, and for working with talented people like Hong Chau and Sadie Sink. “This movie is about love, redemption, it's about finding the light in the dark place and I'm very lucky to have worked with this cast,” he acknowledged.

The presence of the actor The 57-year-old wowed her fans and detractors by standing out on the red carpet at the Critics Choice Awards 2023,after not attending the eightieth Golden Globes, where he was also nominated for Best Actor in a Drama.

“If you are fighting against adversity or you are in a dark place, I want you to know that if you have the energy to stand up, you can get ahead,” said who left the industry for more than a decade, after being discredited after suffer sexual harassment.

Although the protagonist of The Mummy was not expected to attend, he made an impact when he appeared at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, amid the acclaim that The Whale, Fraser and Aranofsky have received.

The film also features performances by Sadie Sink, Ty Simpkins and Hong Chau, who have also been part of the rave reviews that the project has received.

The Whale tells the story of a 700-pound man with self-esteem issues, depression and binge eating, waiting for his own death; it is about Charlie, starring Brendan Fraser. Charlie broke up every relationship in his life, including his ex-wife and his teenage daughter (Sadie Sink).

Brendan Fraser won Best Actor at the 2023 Critics Choice Awards

Brendan Fraser won Best Actor at the Critics Choice Awards after 10 years out of the industry (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

The story is based on Samuel D. Hunter's play of the same name. In Aronofsky's story, Charlie is a teacher who left his wife after falling in love with one of his students. The protagonist tries to rebuild his relationship with his daughter, whom he abandoned.

The latest production directed by Darren Aranofsky marked Fraser's return to Hollywood, after more from a decade of being out of the industry, accumulating failures and with a different body figure than the one he showed when he was one of the best actors in the 90s.

Now, Brendan reappears with a recovered physique and with a film that earned him a standing ovation for seven minutes at the Venice Film Festival. “I'm just trying to hold on today (…) Thank you for this wonderful welcome; I want this film to make the same deep impression it did on me”, revealed the actor.

Brendan Fraser won best actor at the 2023 Critics Choice Awards

Brendan Fraser received best actor at the 2023 Critics Choice Awards (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

His decline began after various injuries he sustained while playing his role as George of the Jungle. It was his effort and refusal to use stuntmen that began to drive him away from Hollywood. His divorce from Afton Smith in 2017, as well as his depression after being harassed by former HFPA Hollywood President Phillip Berk , that's what brought him down.

According to what Brendan told GQ Magazine, it was two years before Berk became president of the HFPA that He moved closer to Brendan to greet him, when he took the opportunity to pinch his bottom and touch his genitals. At the time, Fraser's accusation was dismissed by the HFPA, so the actor fell into a deep depression.

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