Brendan Fraser secured an Oscar nomination for screening The Whale at the London Film Festival

The whale was broadcast at the London Film Festival on Tuesday (October 11) meaning some members of the media were able to see Darren Aronofsky’s drama ahead of its December release.

At its international premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September, Brendan Fraser received a rapturous standing ovation for his starring role as a 600-pound gay man confined to a wheelchair.

After the screening in London, the British press also praised the long-forgotten actor for his performance.

“Brendan Fraser in The whale. BELIEVE THE HYPE,” podcaster Sam Meltzer wrote on Twitter. “Ladies and gentlemen, THIS is how you win an Oscar. F***.”

Digital Spy Editor Gabriella Geisinger wrote: “The whale – my absolute God. I feel like I’ve been hit in the stomach! What an impressive piece of filmmaking.”

Now employed at Writer The digital solution Charlotte Colombo simply shared a tearful selfie of herself with the caption: ‘Until I can articulate my thoughts more clearly The whale... I think that sums it up.”


Screenwriter Ted Wilkes added: “#TheWhale is awesome. Fraser is fearless throughout. He sucks emotion from every part of him. Every word he says is a poem. Every line on his face is a story. Every bead of sweat testifies to his full commitment. Throw all awards at his feet. They are his now.”

Brendan Fraser in a scene from The Whale

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Fraser stars in the film alongside stranger things Star Sadie Sink, Hong Chau and Samantha Morton.

The whale will be released in the US on December 9th. A UK release date has yet to be announced.

You can read a chronicle of Fraser’s career here.

Read Geoffrey Macnab’s four-star review of the film for The Independent here. Brendan Fraser secured an Oscar nomination for screening The Whale at the London Film Festival


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