Brendan Fraser Cries His Heart Out While Accepting His First Oscar Surrounded by His Family

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Brendan chose the greatest route available to get back into acting, and did so by winning the Best Actor Oscar. After stepping out of the limelight and going through a difficult time, Fraser is now stronger than ever. Along with the love and support of his family, the actor has taken everything back and blossomed on the big screen. Today, we honor him and the bravery of a man whose brilliance has transcended all prejudices and stereotypes.

Brendan showed up for the Oscars with his 2 sons.


Brendan has never been a public figure, and has rarely shown up with his kids. But after making such a strong comeback, he stepped out into the spotlight with his sons Leland, 16, and Holden, 18. Given the big significance of the 2023 Oscars, Brendan couldn’t have walked the red carpet without the people who mean the most to him by his side, just as they did at The Whale debut this past December.

After disclosing his difficulties during the past years, Brendan now needs the help of his loved ones. Thus, as they made their way down the red carpet, Fraser’s sons praised their father’s Oscar nomination. “We are unbelievably proud. Over the moon,” his son said, with the backing of the other one.

He also walked hand-in-hand with a special date.

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A special guest, Jeanne Moore, also joined the actor, and they were all grins and hugs as they soaked up the attention of the photographers’ flashing camera lights. Although they have just been dating for roughly 6 months, Jeanne Moore has been by Brendan’s side throughout his entire comeback. Also, she’s the first woman to publicly appear by his side since his divorce from Afton Smith.

The couple made their first public debut at the Venice Film Festival, but never candidly addressed how they met each other. Yet, on one occasion, Brendan praised his new romance, saying, “...without the love of [...] my girl Jeanne, I wouldn’t be able to do any of this.”

Best Actor at the 95th Academy Awards

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Although many had wagered on him winning, when it really happened, we were all overcome with emotion. Besides his excellent performance in The Whale, Brendan also won everyone over by being open about his struggle to reappear on the scene.

The star triumphed in what was widely perceived as a tough race, defeating Bill Nighy (Living), Austin Butler (Elvis), Paul Mescal (Aftersun), and Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin).

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Fraser’s address was delivered with obvious emotion. He started his heartfelt speech by saying, “So this is what the multiverse looks like.” He then continues, “I started in this business 30 years ago, and things didn’t come easily to me, but there was a facility that I didn’t appreciate at the time until it stopped. And I just want to say thank you for this acknowledgment.”

Fraser acknowledged the “whale-sized hearts” that his fellow nominees “laid so that we can look into your souls as no one else could.” He also noted what an honor it was for him to be nominated alongside them, and before proceeding, he made a special mention of one of his co-stars, saying, “Only whales can swim at the level of Hong Chau’s talent.”

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Brendan shared his joy with the other winners and his family.

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Brendan thanked his partner and children as he wrapped up his emotional speech with swollen eyes. “It’s been like I’ve been on a diving expedition to the bottom of the ocean,” he claimed, “and the air on the line has come from some people in my life like my sons Holden and Leland and Griffin — I love you Griffey, my manager [...] and my best first mate Jeanne.”

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Fraser won the Oscar Award for his performance as Charlie, a housebound 600-pound English teacher attempting to repair his connection with his daughter, played by Sadie Sink. Just like his character, Brendan has stitched up the “links” with acting, proving once again the greatness of his skills and how deeply he cares about this job.

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Following his triumph, Brendan celebrated with the other victors — outstanding actors like Jamie Lee Curtis, Michelle Yeoh, and Ke Huy Quan. The actor is shown in every photo being extremely emotional and grateful for the journey he had begun, and just as he had noted, “I’m grateful (...) for throwing me a creative lifeline and hauling me aboard the good ship.”

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His story is so heartwarming and emotional. He is such a deserving person to have made it back to the top after so much hardship. Bless his heart and his family, they're so precious. I hope he continues to enjoy many more promising opportunities and look forward to seeing him working more. I wish them the best.


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