Brendan Fraser wins Best Actor Oscar for The Whale

It was a night to remember for Hollywood actor Brendan Fraser as he took home the Best Actor Oscar for his gripping performance in The Whale.

The actor, who has starred in films such as The Mummy, George of the Jungle and Bedazzled, was up against some stiff competition from fellow nominees Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington and Joaquin Phoenix.

But it was Fraser who took home the coveted trophy for his portrayal of a struggling father with a troubled past in the powerful drama.

The film, directed by Derek Cianfrance, follows the story of a man who is forced to confront his own history after he finds himself in a dangerous situation.

Fraser's performance was lauded by critics and audiences alike, with many pointing out his ability to convey both the character's inner turmoil and his moments of hope and redemption.

In his acceptance speech, Fraser thanked the film's director, cast and crew and dedicated the award to those struggling with their own inner demons.

The Whale was also nominated for Best Picture, but ultimately lost out to Martin Scorsese's The Irishman.

Regardless, Fraser's win marks a momentous occasion in his career and is a testament to his talent and dedication as an actor.