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Brendan Fraser won Best Actor for his work at the Critics Choice Awards The point and gave one of the most moving speeches of the night.

Fraser broke down in tears when his name was announced as the winner, and as he took the stage he quoted Herman Melville as “once writing that there are only five critics in America, the rest are asleep”. While the actor said he doesn’t know what that means, he said he’s “happy [the critics] woke up for me.”

He continued. “This movie The point, it’s about love, it’s about redemption. It’s about finding light in a dark place, and I’m so lucky to work with an ensemble that’s incredible.”

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Fraser went on to recognize his co-stars by naming Hong Chow, saying they “should have his movie based on every character he’s ever played.” Sadie Sink also chimed in, saying she was “incredible.” Frazier called Sam Hunter his “beacon” and said Ty Simpkins “won the game 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 where I needed to be.”

Fraser concluded his speech by sharing a powerful message, saying: “If you’re like a guy like Charlie, who I play in this movie, you’re struggling with obesity in some way, or you 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 walk into the light. There will be good things.”

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When the actor went backstage, he said the award meant “more than I know how to put into words,” adding that making the film was “an act of faith.” We all approached this piece as if it was the first and last time we would ever have the opportunity to do this kind of work… I think this film can help do a lot of good.”

Watch his speech in the video below.

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Cathy Campione contributed to this report.


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