Brendan Fraser Best Actor 2023 Critics Choice Awards Speech

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I want you to know.That if you 2 can have the strength to just get to your feet and go to the light, good things will happen.

Brendan Fraser's speech didn't leave a dry eye at the 2023 Critics Choice Awards. The 54 year old actor won Best Actor on Sunday night for his performance in the Whale, and he kicked off his speech by sharing a quote about critics that gave the audience a good laugh.

Thank you for this honor, Critics Choice association. Thank you. It was. It was. It was Herman Melville who once wrote that there are only 5 critics in America. The rest are asleep. I don't know what it means either, but I'm.

I'm sure glad you woke up for me. Where were you for furry vengeance?

Brendan continued on to thank the actors who starred alongside him in the drama, including Hongqiao and Sadie Sink.

This, this, this movie, the Whale is about love. It's about redemption. It. It's about. It's about finding the light in a dark place. And I'm so lucky to have worked with an ensemble that is incredible and includes Huang Chao, who should have her own movie based on every character she's ever played.

And Sadie sink? Who is he? I've been telling everybody that she's incredible. How? Who are you? You've counted procedures. You're years. It took me 32 years to get here. Tye Simpkins, you you won the game ball every day. And. And Sam Hunter, you're my lighthouse.

A writer.

The mummy actor had one more very important person to thank before concluding his speech.

And Darren aronofsky. I was in the wilderness and. I probably should have left a trail of bread crumbs. Sure. 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.

At the end of Brendan's emotional speech, he gave some advice for anyone out there struggling with their weight and mental health, which is what his character in the whale has to overcome.

If you like a guy like Charlie, who I played in this movie in any way struggle with obesity or you just feel like you're in a dark sea. I want you to know. That if you 2 can have the strength to just get to your feet and go to the light, good things will happen. Thank you. Goodnight.

This isn't the first time the George of the Jungle Star has praised his 20 year old costar. Access Hollywood chatted with Brendan back in November at GQ Men of the year party and he shared some major appreciation for the Stranger Things Star.

Sadie Sink had some really beautiful things to say about you. Just saying how awesome you are. What was it like working with her?

Sadie sinks fantastic. City Sink is the genuine article.

And how do you finally, how do you relate to your character today in the will?

I relate to him in a way that I think it's important to pursue honesty. It'll set you free.

Awesome, you're the greatest way to go.

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