It’s been impossible not to root for Brendan Fraser since the actor shed some light on his absence from movies in a GQ interview where he accused the former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association of groping him prior to the advent of that fairly lengthy hiatus.
While he’d taken on some minor roles during a largely workless span, the “Fraserssance” officially kicked off when the star of The Mummy franchise teamed up with Darren Aronofsky for The Whale before generating an insane amount of buzz for his performance as the morbidly obese man at the center of the movie.
Fraser was understandably emotional when that project received a six-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival last year, and he gave an incredibly moving speech when he was honored for his work after securing a trophy at the Toronto International Film Festival.
It seemed very likely Fraser would hear his name called when the nominees for Best Actor at the upcoming Academy Awards were announced, and last week, he officially added “Oscar nominee” to his résumé when he made the final cut ahead of the ceremony that will take place at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on March 12th.
Fraser discussed that development with Variety over the weekend during a conversation where he revealed he got to celebrate that achievement with a very relatable indulgence courtesy of his sons, who could not have picked a more perfect way to honor their dad:
“They brought me a cake and balloons…”
The cake was one of Carvel’s Fudgie the Whale ice cream cakes. The sweet treat is known as a Father’s Day gift that became popular in the 1970s and ’80s and includes frosting that reads, “To a Whale of a Dad!”
“It’s a core memory of mine,” Fraser said, smiling.
You love to see it.