Brendan Fraser Rides the Wave to Success With Big 2023 SAG Awards Win

Brendan Fraser was nominated for a 2023 SAG Award Feb. 26 alongside Austin Butler, Colin Farrell, Bill Nighy and Adam Sandler.

By Mike Vulpo Feb 27, 2023 3:30 AMTags
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The tide is high and Brendan Fraser is holding on!

During the 2023 SAG Awards on Feb. 26, the actor was celebrated for his work in The Whale after winning Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role. (For a complete list of winners, click here.)

"I found the role of my life in this character Charlie in The Whale," Brendan told the audience inside the Fairmont Century Plaza in Century City, Calif. "He's someone who is on a raft of regrets, but he's in a sea of hope and I've been at that sea and I've rode that wave lately and it's been powerful and good."

At the same time, Brendan, 54, was quick to acknowledge that his career in Hollywood hasn't always been an easy ride.

"I've also had that wave smash me way down into the ocean floor," he explained, "and let me wondering where am I now?"

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He proceeded to deliver a message to actors who may be catching a wave of success or struggling to stay afloat.

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"All the actors out there who have gone through that, are going through that—I know how you feel," he said. "Believe me, if you just stay in there and put one foot in front of the other, you'll get to where you need to go."

Before exiting the stage, Brendan thanked the three children he shares with ex-wife Afton Smith including Griffin, 20, Holden, 18 and Leland, 16.

"Without the love of my children and their super mom, I wouldn't be able to do any of this," he said. "Thank you so very much. I'm so grateful."

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Angela Bassett

In Giambattista Valli Couture with De Beers jewelry and Sarah Flint shoes

Jessica Chastain

In Zuhair Murad

Jenna Ortega

In Atelier Versace with Tiffany & Co. jewelry

Ariana DeBose

In Prabal Gurung with Melinda Maria and Effy jewelry

Viola Davis

In Valentino

Emily Blunt

In Oscar de la Renta with Bvlgari jewelry


In Valentino with Bvlgari jewelry 

Hannah Einbinder

In Staud with De Beers jewelry

Jennifer Coolidge

In Saint Laurent

Paul Mescal

In Simone Rocha with Paul Smith boots

Amy Poehler

In Roland Mouret

Sarah Burns

Taron Egerton

In Giorgio Armani

Cate Blanchett

In Armani Privé

Seth Rogen & Lauren Miller

Seth in Fendi; Lauren in Emilia Wickstead

Jeremy Allen White

In Louis Vuitton with Vacheron Constantin jewelry 

Colin Farrell

In Dolce & Gabbana

Keeley Karsten

In Tarik Ediz 

Kerry Condon

In Louis Vuitton

Michelle Yeoh

In Schiaparelli Couture with Moussaieff jewelry 

Claire Foy

In Prada

Christina Applegate & Sadie Grace LeNoble

Christina in Christian Siriano 

Eugene Levy

Aubrey Plaza

In Michael Kors with Mouawad jewelry 

Jackie & Adam Sandler

Ana de Armas

In Louis Vuitton

Rooney Mara

In Alexander McQueen

Jason Bateman & Amanda Anka

Jason in Dolce & Gabbana 

Brendan Fraser


Jessie Buckley

In Christian Dior Couture with Fernando Jorge jewelry 

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