Actor Brendan Fraser continues to find support and love wherever he goes. It’s been revealed that his big screen comeback, The Whale, has been recognized as a significant addition to the actor’s resume. Now Brendan Fraser will receive the TIFF Tribute Award for Performance following his role in The Whale.
The announcement that Brendan Fraser would be given the TIFF Tribute Award for Performance was revealed via Deadline. As they explained in a statement from TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey, Brendan Fraser gave “a performance of staggering depth, power, and nuance in The Whale.” Cameron Bailey continues to acknowledge Fraser’s past word, noting that he’s already been an “action star, a screen comic, and a romantic lead.” But now they’re “thrilled to welcome him home as the actor behind one of the finest performances of the year.”
This is certainly quite the award. Especially given that most actors who’ve received such an award later continued to receive Academy Award nominations. As such, not only could beloved actor Brendan Fraser earn such a nomination, but it would be his first time doing so – and especially his first time winning an Oscar if such an event were to occur. With this in mind, it’s an exciting time for both Brendan Fraser and his fans. Especially after so many years having not seen Brendan Fraser on the big screen.
As of this writing, The Whale doesn’t have a public release date. However, it’s scheduled to have its world premiere at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 4, 2022. This premiere will then be followed by an additional premiere at TIFF which is scheduled to take place from September 8 to September 18.
The Whale was directed by Darren Aronofsky with a screenplay that was written by Samuel D. Hunter. The film was also based on Samuel D. Hunter’s play of the same name.
In addition to Brendan Fraser, the film also stars Sadie Sink, who will be playing the daughter of Fraser’s titular character Charlie. The film also stars Hong Chau as Liz, Samantha Morton as Mary, Ty Simpkins as Thomas, and Sathya Sridharan.