Fraser began to cry when his name was announced as the winner and when he took the stage he quoted that Herman Melville “once wrote that there are only five critics in America, the rest are asleep.” Although the actor said he didn’t know exactly what that meant, he said he was “glad [the critics] woke up for me.”
He continued: “This film, The whaleIt’s about love, it’s about redemption. It’s about finding the light in a dark place and I’m so lucky to have worked with an ensemble that is incredible.”
Fraser acknowledged his co-stars by naming Hong Chau, saying that they “should have their own movie based on every character I’ve ever played.” Sadie Sink also received a nod, noting that she was “unbelievable.” Fraser called Sam Hunter his “lighthouse” and said that Ty Simpkins “won the ball every day.”
“Darren Aronofsky, I was in the desert, and I probably should have left a trail of breadcrumbs, but you found me,” he added. “And like all the best directors, you just showed me where to go to get to where I needed to be.”
Fraser closed his speech by sharing a powerful message that read: “If you, as a guy like Charlie, who I played in this movie, are in any way struggling with obesity, or just feel like you’re in a dark sea. I want you to know that if you too can have the strength to just stand up and go to the light. Good things will happen.”
As the actor went backstage, he said the award meant “more than I can put into words,” adding that making the film was “an act of faith.” We all approach this piece like it’s the first and last time we’ll ever get a chance to do this kind of work… I think this film can help do a lot of good.”
Check out his speech in the video posted below.
katie campone contributed to this report.
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