Helen Mirren cried for ‘magical’ Brendan Fraser after ‘Whale’ Best Actor win
It was a gigantic victory for Fraser.
Helen Mirren revealed on Friday that she cried tears of joy when her friend Brendan Fraser won the Best Actor Oscar at the 95th Academy Awards last Sunday.
The ‘Catherine the Great’ actress made the revelation while appearing on ‘The Kelly Clarkson’ while promoting her new movie ‘Shazam: Fury of the Gods.’
“I cried when Brendan Fraser received the award,” said Mirren, 77. “He’s a lovely person.”
“I’m sure you know what a handsome man he is. He’s a magical man, he was clearly very, very emotional, it was a big moment for him,” the legendary actress continued. “He was the right person for me – the way he responded to it, I I found it very moving. It was the highlight for me of the whole show.
“That’s so cool,” Clarkson, 40, commented. “He did such an amazing job.”
“He did such an amazing job,” the “Since U Been Gone” singer continued. “Because you believe in them, or their project, or whatever it is, and they win. It’s a good feeling for everyone involved.
Mirren and Fraser, 54, starred in the 2009 fantasy film “Inkheart.”
In the film, Fraser plays an author who, alongside his daughter, has the power to bring storybook characters to life.
The award marked a big comeback for Fraser, who alleged Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk, 89, sexually assaulted him in 2003 and has since limited his time in the public eye.
Berk has always denied the allegation.
Fraser beat out several high-profile players, including Austin Butler, who was also considered a frontrunner for the award alongside ‘The Whale’ star.
The actor said it was an “honour” to be nominated alongside them.
“My God, I thank the Academy for this honor and our studio A24 for making such a bold film,” Fraser said in his acceptance speech. “I am grateful to [director] Darren Aronofsky for throwing me a creative lifeline and carrying me aboard the good ship “The Whale”.