Brendan Fraser Thought His Best Actor Oscars Win Was a Mistake: “Heard my name & I thought ‘that can’t be right’”

Brendan Fraser has made history. The man has risen like a phoenix from the ashes, and his acting comeback bagged him nothing short of the most prestigious acting award out there. The 54-year-old actor had the prime of his career in the late 90s and early 2000s when he starred in films like George of the Jungle and The Mummy franchise. And soon after his trajectory hit a downward curve when he was reportedly blacklisted for accusing a Hollywood Executive of sexual assault. His divorce from Afton Smith also took quite a toll on him both mentally and financially. It seemed like Fraser’s career had wrapped up with him being remembered as ‘that guy from The Mummy’. 

But that was far from the case, as we know very well now.

Brendan Fraser makes history at the 95th Academy Awards

Brendan Fraser won Oscar for best actor
Brendan Fraser accepting his Academy Award

Brendan Fraser‘s win for The Whale at the 95th Academy Award is one of the most memorable moments from the prestigious award night. After all, how often do you see an actor make a comeback to Hollywood after two decades and bag an Oscar right away? There’s a struggle behind that story but the world shall remember it as a great victory.

His award acceptance speech was just as much of a tearjerker as well. He was quite emotional as he expressed gratitude for the close people in his life and especially the director of the film Darren Aronofsky for giving him a “creative lifeline”. He explained the struggle,

I started in this business 30 years ago and things didn’t come easily to me”. 

Brendan Fraser in The Whale
Brendan Fraser in The Whale

Also Read: Buffy Star Sarah Michelle Gellar Calls 15 Years Of Brendan Fraser Friendship A “Gift”: “If It Was Up To Me, He Would Win All The Awards”

The trauma of an assault is no small deal and to brave through alienation only for coming forward with allegations just adds to the horror. It was in 2003 that the Bedazzled actor claimed that the former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Philip Berk touched him inappropriately without his consent thus scarring him psychologically for a long time. It became hard for him to even appear before an audience, and was thus forced into an unfair hiatus from Hollywood.

Also Read: Brendan Fraser And Ke Huy Quan Prove Hollywood Wrong, Win Oscars At 95th Academy Awards After Nearly Leaving Acting Career

Brendan Fraser’s first reaction to winning the Oscar

Brendan Fraser at the Oscars
Brendan Fraser at the Oscars

As any humble and talented soul, the Blast from the Past actor gave his all for the role in The Whale but was not expecting such an overwhelming return in fate. His first response to winning the Oscar was surprise and disbelief. He later shared his reaction to his name being announced as the winner,

“I heard my name and thought ‘that can’t be right’ but it was, so I guess I should get up there & say something quick… Thank you to all of my internet friends who’ve been so generous. I hope that I live up to this.”

Fans have been balling their heart and eyes out both at Fraser’s win and at the fact that he called his fans, his “internet friends”. Goes a long way to suggest what a pure heart he’s got.

Also Read: “Things Didn’t Come Easily To Me”: Brendan Fraser Leaves Internet In Tears With First Ever Oscar Win After Leaving Hollywood Due To Sexual Assault

Source: Twitter

Smriti Sneh
Smriti Sneh

Smriti Sneh is a Content Writer at Animated Times specializing in celebrities and everything pop-culture. Being a literature graduate from the University of Lucknow, she is cashing in on her writing skills by working in the entertainment news sector - studying literary theories by day, and navigating celebrity net worths through the night. Although you can find her writing poems at any and all hours.

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