Brendan Fraser graciously acknowledged his comeback to acting stardom while sobbing as he won the Critics’ Choice Award for best actor for “The Whale” on Sunday evening.
Fraser thanked director Darren Aronofsky from the stage, saying, “I was in the woods and I probably should have left a trail of breadcrumbs, but you found me.” Brendan Fraser was cast in the widely praised part. In “The Whale,” 54-year-old actor Brendan Fraser plays an English teacher who is housebound due to extreme obesity and seeks to mend his relationship with his daughter, who is 13 years old.
Austin Butler, who won best drama actor at the Golden Globes on last Tuesday, was up against a group of actors that included the “Elvis” star. Fraser urged those who are experiencing emotional hardship to have hope, saying that “The Whale” is about “finding the light in a dark place.”
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“I want you to know that you too have the strength to simply get to your feet and go to the light whether you, like Charlie, are struggling with obesity or if you simply feel as like you are in a dark sea. And positive things will occur.”
Fraser was questioned about the significance of the prize in the media lounge backstage. He said, “More than I know how to explain in words,” with tears in his eyes.
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Sheryl Lee Ralph, who starred in the comedy series “Abbott Elementary,” made a moving acceptance speech about overcoming obstacles in her professional life.
The late acting great Sidney Poitier’s support was essential.
Ralph remembered, “When I was 19 years old, the industry was quick to tell me there was no place for me. Every back break, every no, every rejection.” You’re a darn fine actress, Sidney Poitier commented as he stared at me.
Quinta Brunson, who created and starred in “Abbott Elementary,” received the prize for outstanding comedy series, and Ralph, 66, thanked her.
She urged TV viewers to “come close to the screen and listen” as she concluded her stirring statement.
She said, “People don’t even have to love you or like you; they don’t even have to respect you. But you better like who you see when you look in the mirror!
Citing The Dude, Jeff Bridges expresses gratitude to his late actor father Lloyd Bridges.
When Jeff Bridges accepted his lifetime achievement award at the Critics Choice Awards, he channelled his well-known role as The Dude from “The Big Lebowski.” Bridges made a joke while examining the critics’ medal on stage “That’s just your opinion, buddy, the Dude would respond to this. But I respect your viewpoint. I adore it.”
Bridges, 73, thanked his family in his remarks, paying respect to his late father, actor Lloyd Bridges, and his wife Susan, with whom he had been married for 48 years.
“Today, January 15, is the birthday of my father. His cufflinks are on mine. Without my father, I could not be up here “Bridges stated, adding that his father persuaded him to pursue acting as a career when he was a young man. “He was dead on. I’m very happy I paid attention to the elder!”
Bridges said he had to look up his numerous career roles before winning the lifetime achievement award. Bridges was also nominated for best actor for his performance in the drama “The Old Man” on FX.
Bridges stated, “I had to look up my things on IMDb. “I’ve also produced a tonne of movies, wow! Oh my God! These brief lifetimes.”