Critics Choice Awards: Tearful triumph for Brendan Fraser


Writed by - Andy Gocker
  Critics Choice Awards: Tearful triumph for Brendan Fraser
Brendan Fraser with his Critics Choice Award. © imago/UPI Photo, SpotOn

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Brendan Fraser (54) triumphs at the Critics Choice Awards. On Sunday, the Association of Film Critics of the United States and Canada awarded him Best Actor for his role in 'The Whale.' The Critics Choice Award is considered one of the most important critics' awards in North America.

Standing ovation and tears for emotional speech

Brendan Fraser burst into tears onstage at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Individual spectators in the audience celebrated the 'The Mummy' star with standing ovations. In addition to his expressions of gratitude, Fraser encouraged everyone suffering from severe obesity, like his character in The Whale.

'If you are struggling with obesity or feel like you are in a sea of ​​darkness, I want you to know that if you have the strength to just stand up and face the light, good things will happen.' he said. Not only on stage, but also in the audience, tears flowed after the emotional speech.

Brendan Fraser's comeback run continues

Brendan Fraser continues his spectacular comeback with the Critics Choice Awards. The actor, who became a star around the turn of the millennium with the adventure film 'The Mummy', has disappeared into a career hole for the past 15 years. The reasons for his disappearance were a body wracked by action scenes and sexual harassment by the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which awards the Golden Globe. Fraser therefore stayed away from the Globe Awards last week, where he lost out to 'Elvis' actor Austin Butler (31).

With his role in 'The Whale' by Darren Aronofsky (53), Fraser thrilled the critics like never before in his career. At the premiere of the film at the Venice Festival, the US-Canadian also received a standing ovation – which, like now, moved him to tears. Fraser was also celebrated at the Toronto Film Festival and even received an award for his performance.

Critics Choice Award for another comeback star

The Critics Choice Awards saw another win for a comebacker. Ke Huy Quan (51) won the award for best supporting actor for 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'. With 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' and 'The Goonies' he became a child star in the 80s, but then ended his film career. With 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' he has now made the leap to becoming an adult actor. The multiverse spectacle also won the grand prize for best film.

Meanwhile, Best Actress was a subscriber to critics' awards: Cate Blanchett (53) won for 'Tár'. Angela Bassett (64) is Best Supporting Actress for her role as Queen in 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever'.

In the series spectrum of the Critics Choice Awards, 'Better Call Saul' triumphed as best drama and 'Abbott Elementary' as best comedy.

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