In the moving words that he pronounces on stage when he collects the statuette, there is his whole journey, all the effort of years of work, all the desire to make: «It hasn’t always been easy for me, like an expedition on the bottom of the ocean, it’s not easy to get back to the surface». Brendan Fraser was visibly moved when in the night he collected the Oscar for best leading actor for “The Whale”, the film by Darren Aronofsky, a theatrical adaptation of the work by Samuel Hunter, which has already brought him the Critics’ Choice Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor and a Golden Globe nomination.
Oscar 2023, triumphs Everything Everywhere All at Once: 7 statuettes. Italy with a dry mouth, Brendan Fraser best actor
by our correspondent alberto simoni
The general public knows him for having played the protagonist of the “The Mummy” trilogy, in the films of 1999, 2001 and 2008. His first great success came in 1998 with “Demons and Gods” alongside Ian McKellen, but he had already noted in “Honor School” alongside Matt Demon and in “Airheads – A band to launch” with Steve Buscemi and Adam Sandler.
A career that saw an abrupt interruption in 2010, with criticisms and difficulties. But Brendan Fraser has also been able to recover, he has started to mesh again, between TV series and cinema. In «The Whale» he plays an obese university professor who can no longer move and lives in seclusion at home, giving voice to one of the serious problems of American society, where there are many overweight people and many who have been living with this disease for years. The first success with this film arrived in Venice, with over six minutes of standing ovation. Now, the most dreamed figurine.