'The Whale' star Brendan Fraser to receive Spotlight Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival
PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA: Brendan Fraser seems to be having an amazing year because of a scintillating performance in Darren Aronofsky's 'The Whale'. The movie had its world premiere at this year's Venice International Film Festival and the entire theatre applauded the movie, especially the actor's impeccable performance. Since then, the actor has garnered universal acclaim for his performance and has won several awards. However, Fraser is set to receive one of the most coveted trophies for his amazing performance in the latest movie.
According to the press release shared by Palm Springs International Film Festival, Fraser is set to receive the Spotlight Award (Actor) for his stupendous performance in the movie 'The Whale'. The statement also revealed that Fraser gives an "extraordinary and haunting performance" that paints a vivid picture of how a person escapes their own sadness.
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"Brendan Fraser demonstrates his impressive talent in Darren Aronofsky’s powerful adaptation of The Whale. Fraser gives an extraordinary and haunting performance that paints a vivid portrait of our inability to escape our own sadness. For this award-caliber performance, it is our honor to present the Spotlight Award, Actor to Brendan Fraser," said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner.
'The Whale' is undoubtedly a turning point in Fraser's movie career because it puts him back into the league of actors who have made a strong comeback. Based on the 2012 play of the same name, the movie focuses on the final days of a man named Charlie (Brendan Fraser), an online English professor who wants his students to write something authentic and reconnect with his estranged daughter Ellie (Sadie Sink). Charlie has gained a lot of weight after the tragic death of his partner. His partner's sudden demise shattered him and he started to suffer from an eating disorder.
In the recent few weeks, Fraser has received several Best Actor accolades from New Mexico Film Critics, St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association, Phoenix Film Critics Society, Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Women Film Critics Circle, and TIFF. Meanwhile, he has been nominated in the same category at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Critics' Choice Awards.
The movie received a limited release on December 9th and grossed more than $360,000 from just six theatres, meaning the film earned over $60,000 per screen. These figures mean that 'The Whale' had the highest per-theatre average of 2022, as well as the second-largest for a limited release since the Covid-19 pandemic forced the theatres to shut their doors for viewers.
That's an extraordinary comeback from the actor.
'The Whale' also stars Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, Ty Simpkins, and Samantha Morton in pivotal roles.