Looking at the current picture of the 95th Oscars, one can easily conclude that- age is just a number. Brendan Fraser- the Greek god of the 90s has won the Oscar for best actor for The Whale. The Mummy actor did what was considered almost impossible, after spending 20 years in obscurity, away from the limelight. The millennials have grown up with the dashing blue-eyed star who was known to rule the silver screen undisputedly back then. On the other side, Ke Huy Quan is over the moon after winning the best supporting actor for Everything Everywhere All At Once after returning to the spotlight almost after 40 years. He has worked in Indiana Jones and Temple Of Doom, directed by the great Steven Spielberg around the 1980s.
The 2023 Academy Awards have altered the face of Hollywood by proving that excellence grows better with age. Ke Huy Quan is the first Asian to win an Oscar in the best supporting actor category after almost three decades.
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Age Is Just A Number For Brendan Fraser And Ke Huy Quan
Time and again, actors and their great performances have proved that excellence just ages like fine wine. This time Brendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan proved this in front of the world. The actors did something that is considered impossible and out of question by the folks of the tinsel town. Being away from the flashlights and tabloids in Hollywood for more than two decades and then coming back with a bang with Oscar nominations and awards- is not at all every actor’s cup of tea. But Brendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan have proved their worth with excellent performances in The Whale and Everything Everywhere All At Once respectively.
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Ke Huy Quan, The First Asian To Win Best Supporting Actor Almost After 38 Years
While receiving the Oscar for best supporting actor, Ke Huy Quan in his acceptance speech emotionally said-
“They say stories like this only happen in the movies. I cannot believe it’s happening to me. This — this is the American dream,”
Everything Everywhere all at Once became one of the highest-grossing pandemic-era blockbusters amassing around $100 million worldwide. Directed by Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan, the movie revolves around a middle-aged Chinese immigrant who has to connect to her parallel universe in order to understand the purpose of her life.
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Momentum Shift To Brendan Fraser’s Career
The George Of The Jungle actor played the role of a morbidly obese, emotional, and reclusive English teacher, Charlie. The Darren Aronofsky-directed psychological drama, adapted by Samuel D Hunter, and the excellent performance of Brendan Fraser, helped him bag his first Oscar. In his acceptance speech, The Whale actor exclaimed-
“So this is what the multiverse looks like!”
This can be called a massive comeback for the Journey To The Center Of The Earth actor. Brendan Fraser, at 54, did something so phenomenal that most actors can’t even dream of.
Source: The Guardian