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Brendan Fraser emotional after winning Best Actor Oscar for ‘The Whale’

Brendan Fraser tearfully accepted the Oscar for best actor Sunday for his role in The Whale.

He began his speech by thanking the film’s director, Darren Aronofsky, “for giving me a creative lifeline.”

Fraser was nominated in his category alongside Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”), Paul Mezcal (“Aftersun”), Austin Butler (“Elvis”), and Bill Nighy (“Living”).

In a speech full of nautical references, Fraser told his colleague, Hong Chau, “Only whales can swim the depths.”

Reflecting on his 30-year career in Hollywood, Fraser says there were aspects of his journey that “I didn’t appreciate until I stopped.”

He ended his emotional speech with bloodshot eyes by thanking his children and his “first best friend”, partner Jeanne Moore.

His Best Actor trophy caps off a successful award run this season for Fraser, who also won a SAG Award and Critics’ Choice Award for his performance in The Whale.

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