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Brendan Fraser is riding the comeback wave for his Oscar-winning role in The Whale, Darren Aronofsky’s awards-nominated film based on the Samuel D. Hunter play about experiencing grief and finding salvation.
The 54-year-old star on Sunday took home the best actor trophy for playing Charlie, a reclusive English teacher who gains hundreds of pounds over several years while grieving the death of his boyfriend. In the wake of the tragedy, he attempts to find redemption while reconnecting with his estranged teenage daughter, portrayed by Stranger Things’ Sadie Sink.
Co-star Hong Chau was nominated for best supporting actress for playing health care worker friend Liz, among other recognition this awards season. Ty Simpkins and Samantha Morton also star in the movie.
Fraser wore prosthetics for the role, and the film’s makeup and hairstyling team — Adrien Morot, Judy Chin and Anne Marie Bradley — also won Academy Awards for their work. (Fraser also won a Critics Choice Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe.)
“I’m grateful to Darren Aronofsky for throwing me a creative lifeline and hauling me aboard the good ship The Whale,” Fraser said while accepting his award. “It couldn’t be done without my cast. It’s been like a diving expedition on the bottom of the ocean and the air on the line to the surface is on a launch being watched over by some people in my life.”
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In The Hollywood Reporter’s Oscars season edition of the Actors Roundtable, Fraser explained his decision to step away from Hollywood after starring in a string of action-adventure blockbusters. “Look, I stepped back for a number of reasons. I had some chips and dings in the paint [injuries], and the business had changed a lot, too. I had to grow back into it and get back the real hunger that I had to tell stories,” he said.
Below, find out where to watch The Whale online.
Where to Stream The Whale Online
The Whale is still showing in select theaters for a limited time, but those who want to watch the A24 film can buy or rent it online at Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Redbox or Vudu.
A24 has not yet announced where the movie will be streaming, but the indie studio has previously inked deals with HBO Max, Showtime (where Everything Everywhere All at Once is available) and Paramount+, so it’s likely that The Whale will land on one of those platforms.
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