Brendan Fraser as Charlie in "The Whale"The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is thrilled to congratulate actor Brendan Fraser on his Oscar win! On Sunday, March 12, 2023, at the 95th Academy Awards ceremony, Fraser was awarded the Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Charlie in “The Whale.”

The OAC would like to thank Fraser for taking the time to connect with our volunteers about their experiences with obesity. Before the film’s production, A24 engaged OAC to share insight into the realities of living with obesity. Fraser was highly receptive to our feedback and did a remarkable job in his role as Charlie, representing someone with severe obesity in a way that is realistic and respectful. His powerful performance portrayed many of the most challenging aspects of living in a larger body and showed several ways people react to being negatively judged for their size.

The OAC would also like to thank Fraser for being a passionate advocate for those living with obesity. In interviews promoting “The Whale,” Fraser has spoken publicly about weight stigma and the challenges people with obesity face when trying to access obesity treatment. We are grateful to Fraser for championing our mission to eliminate weight bias and improve access to obesity care.

The OAC is honored to have participated in the film. By participating, OAC was able to provide “The Whale” team with the chance to speak to real people whose lives have been affected by obesity. To learn more about the OAC’s involvement in “The Whale,” please visit

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The Obesity Action Coalition is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to elevating and empowering individuals affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support. We work to raise awareness of and eliminate weight bias and discrimination in healthcare, education, media and the workplace; fight to improve access to science-based treatment and care of obesity for those who choose to seek it; and provide support through education and community events.