Brendan Fraser Delivers The Most Emotional Speech In Award Show History


Kay Smythe News and Commentary Writer
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It’s hard to not like actor Brendan Fraser at the worst of times, but after accepting the “Best Actor” award at Sunday’s Critics’ Choice Awards, he might be the most lovable man in Hollywood.

Fraser, who’s career nearly disappeared after a series of iconic, cult-classic, late 90s and early 2000s hits films, is back and bigger than ever in “The Whale.” He won the Critics’ Choice Award for “Best Actor” on Sunday, delivering a deeply emotional speech at the ceremony.

As his voice wobbled and his eyes visibly reddened, Fraser told the crowd that once abandoned him, “I was in the wilderness, and I probably should have left a trail of breadcrumbs, but you found me, and like all the best directors, you merely just showed me where to go to get to where I needed to be.” Fraser was speaking to Darren Aronofsky, who directed “The Whale.”

Music started to play, signaling it was time for Fraser to step off stage, but he was having none of it. Anyone who has struggled with identity, career, self-esteem and depression knows precisely how important this moment was for the actor, who finally managed to find his way back to the icon status he once held. (RELATED: Holy Heck, First Images Of ‘600 lb’ Brendan Fraser’s Big Comeback ‘The Whale’)

“If you, like a guy like Charlie, who I played in this movie, in anyway struggle with obesity, or you just feel like you’re in a dark sea, I want you to know that if you too can have the strength to just get to your feet and go to the light, good things will happen,” Fraser concluded as the crowd go to their feet, tears streaming from their eyes.

I’m not crying. You’re crying. Now I have to go and see “The Whale” immediately, and I hate the cinema.