The Comeback Is Complete: The World Celebrates Brendan Fraser's Oscar Win


While there were a dozen other feel-good stories at the 2023 Oscars, none were arguably as emotionally charged as Brendan Fraser's. In a career that spans more than three decades, he had been through the ups and downs of Hollywood. And for a while, we counted him out.

But his performance in The Whale would rejuvenate his career. It gave him his first and only Academy Award for Best Actor. It's been a long time coming for the former '90s heartthrob, especially after the multiple body injuries, trauma from sexual assault, and Hollywood blacklist that came for him in the prime of his career. He's been to hell and back and now he's back on top. 

“So this is what the multiverse looks like!" a visibly emotional Fraser said to open his speech. “I’m grateful to Darren Aronofsky for throwing me a creative lifeline and hauling me aboard the good ship The Whale."

He added: “That was written by Samuel D. Hunter who is our lighthouse. Gentleman, you laid your whale-sized hearts bare so that we could see into your souls like no one else could do. It is my honor to be named alongside you in this category. I want to tell you that only whales can swim at the depth of talent of Hong Chau [fellow nominee].”

The joy on his face was all the more endearing to those who were familiar with his story. His career comeback is finally complete, and the internet just couldn't get enough of it.



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Now talk about a better comeback story than Rocky. The world is rooting for you, king.

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