Brendan Fraser, one of the crucial endearing actors shuffling by way of the awards circuit’s high ranks, simply nabbed a significant win.

Whereas TV’s brightest stars gathered Monday on the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Fraser and his indie-movie cohorts attended the Toronto International Film Festival — the place Fraser received a Tribute Award for Efficiency coinciding along with his function in Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale.”

“That is new for me, as issues go,” joked Fraser. “As a result of usually I’m the man on the podium who palms these items out, and I acquired actually good at it. The trick is: Left hand, maintain; proper hand, shake. Left hand, maintain; proper hand, shake. Yeah.”

The actor spent the final quarter-century on Hollywood’s sidelines. Whereas “The Mummy” made him a recognizable film star, his last solo award as a film actor was at the Seattle International Film Festival in 1997.

“Other than being part of some spectacular and proficient ensemble casts, I feel that the final time that I waited to listen to my identify known as aloud to obtain an award was in grade 4. And it was from the peewee bowling league,” Fraser mentioned in Toronto.

“Wait, it will get higher,” he continued. “It was somewhat cup, it was about yay excessive and it had the phrases ‘excessive recreation handicap’ engraved on it. To at the present time, nonetheless don’t know what meaning. However mother mentioned it was a significant award. Oh, additionally engraved on the plaque was the identify ‘Brian Fusher.’”

He took smaller roles in impartial movies with out fanfare earlier than touchdown the function as an endearing 600-pound English instructor in “The Whale” that seems to have won critics’ hearts — and an enthusiastic standing ovation in Toronto that introduced Fraser to tears.

This week’s win could sign a full-fledged comeback, and powerful possibilities he’ll be nominated for an Oscar, according to EW.

“‘The Whale’” is a redemption story — he’s gone by way of important life modifications and has forgotten about who he’s and those he loves, and he’s operating out of time to inform them that — if he can in any respect,” Fraser mentioned in Toronto.

“Brian, in the event you’re in the home, you’ll be able to decide up your janky 45-year-old trophy on the coat test after the present,” joked Fraser. “This one’s mine.”

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