Victory is not only sweet for Brendan Fraser; it also tugs at his heartstrings.
Fraser won the Screen Actors Guild Award for best actor for his role in “The Whale” on Sunday, and it proved to be a sentimental triumph for the actor.
“I will treasure this (award), but not as much as I used to treasure my SAG card, which I earned in 1991,” Fraser said. “It gave me a sense of belonging. We’re all actors who want to belong to a tribe, and that’s when I discovered where I fit in. And I wouldn’t have believed you if you told that guy back then that I’d be standing right here right now.”
Charlie, his character, was described as “the role of my life” by him: “He’s on a raft of regrets, but he’s in a sea of hope, and I’ve been to that sea and ridden that wave. I understand how all the actors out there who have gone through or are going through this feel. But believe me, if you just hang in there and put one foot in front of the other, you’ll get there.”
Jamie Lee Curtis discusses her love of acting and the ‘nepo baby’ label: ‘I totally get it.’
Whatever you think of Jamie Lee Curtis’ showbiz pedigree, she is one proud nepotist.
Curtis was named best supporting actress for her performance in “Everything, Everywhere, At Once.” The actress started her speech by thanking her actor parents, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.
“I’m wearing my father’s wedding ring, which he gave to my mother. In the end, they despised each other. But my sister Kelly and I were created out of love “Curtis stated. “My father was from Hungary, and my mother was from Denmark, and they came from nothing to become these monstrous stars in this industry that they adored.”
Curtis went on to express her admiration for the acting craft.
“My parents were both actors, and I married one. I’m a big fan of actors. I enjoy acting. I enjoy the work we do “Curtis stated. “I enjoy being a part of a team. I enjoy being a member of a cast. I adore what we do together: it’s such a lovely job.”
Curtis, whose name has been thrown into the growing debate about nepotism in the entertainment industry, also joked about being from an industry family.
“I know that so many actors in our industry do not get to do this job, and nights like this make you wonder, ‘Is that ever going to be possible for me?’ And I know you’re thinking ‘nepo baby,’ which is why she’s there, and I totally understand “Curtis stated. “But the truth is, I’m 64 years old, and this is just incredible.”
James Hong, one of the many stars of “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once,” contributed to the film’s win for best ensemble cast. In his acceptance speech, the 94-year-old actor discussed his career journey.
“My first film was with Clark Gable, but back then, the leading role was played by these guys with their eyes taped up, and they talked like this,” Hong said, mocking past Asian characters’ stereotypical accents. “The producer said the Asians weren’t good enough and didn’t do well at the box office, but look where we are now.”
“I hope to return when I’m 100 years old,” he added.
Ke Huy Quan, who co-stars in “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once” with Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, and Jamie Lee Curtis, was named best supporting actor. The win’s cultural significance quickly became a “emotional moment” for Quan.
“I was told that if I won tonight, I would be the first Asian actor to win in this category,” Quan explained. “When I heard this, I realised that this moment no longer belonged solely to me. It also belongs to everyone who has requested that things change.”
“It was because there were so few opportunities that I decided to leave acting. And now we’re here, celebrating James Hong, Michelle Yeoh, and Stephanie Hsu. The landscape looks completely different now than it did before “Quan stated. “To all those at home who are watching, struggling, and waiting to be noticed, please keep going because the spotlight will find you one day.”