Clap watch: 6 minutes for The Whale brings Brendan Fraser to tears.

Whale is as of now creating early Oscar buzz for Fraser. Here A.V. Club we know that our readers don’t care how many minutes people clap after a movie premieres at the European Film Festival.

A two-and-a-half-minute standing ovation for White Noise was described as lukewarm, while nearly nine minutes of applause for Bones and All turned young Timothée Chalamet into the King of Claps at this year’s Venice International Film Festival. Now, there’s a new clap to talk about and it might even surprise you.

On Sunday night, Darren Aronofsky’s new film The Whale premiered in Venice, where it received a six-minute standing ovation. Brendan Fraser, who stars as a 600-pound wheelchair-bound, gay man in the film, was reportedly in tears at every gesture.

The outlet said he tried to leave the theater at one point, but the clap was so loud, he stopped and bowed out. That’s it: good for him. Fraser, who was quite a prominent figure in the ’90s and early 2000s, revealed in 2018 that he was groped by Philip Burke, former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and the conversation believes that the US Result of the Year had blacklisted him.

Since that revelation Fraser is getting more and more work including roles in Steven Soderbergh’s No Sudden Move and shelving the Batgirl movie which is a whole other thing. Fraser’s return has been an undeniable success if the clapping in Italy is any indication.

After discussions in Venice, it seems that the whale is the thing that could get Fraser nominated for an Oscar for the first time, a fact he is well aware of. The actor told Harper’s Bazaar on August 31 that my career is so diverse that there are so many ups and downs, so I’m hoping to spend half of my share in a way that I’m contributing. Craft and I are learning from this.

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