Brendan Fraser is emotional after receiving a standing ovation for ‘The Whale’ at the Venice Film Festival

The actor is squarely back in Hollywood and already on the minds of those thinking of the Oscars, thanks to his performance in ‘The Whale,’ which reportedly received a six-minute standing ovation after its screening at the Venice Film Festival. .

Video shared on social media showed Fraser had tears in his eyes as the audience cheered.

Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the film focuses on Fraser’s character, Charlie, a 600-pound recluse trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter.

“Stranger Things” actress Sadie Sink plays her daughter.

The ‘The Mummy’ star is being touted as a strong Oscar contender with her portrayal in the drama.

According to Variety, Fraser donned a prosthetic jumpsuit to play Charlie and he told reporters at the film festival over the weekend about the challenges of the role, including having to “learn to move in a new way.”

“I built muscles that I didn’t know I had,” Fraser said.