Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus and Director of Tourism and Film, Amanda Dana, are proud to congratulate Brendan Fraser for winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the film “The Whale.”
Much of this $3 million motion picture was filmed at Umbra Stages in Newburgh, making it one of several current and upcoming movies and TV series being produced in Orange County.
“Brendan Fraser’s performance was incredibly moving and became celebrated, culminating his Hollywood comeback,” Neuhaus said. “We were so honored the producers of “The Whale” utilized Umbra Stages and are proud more filmmakers are discovering Orange County as a production hub. I also want to thank Amanda Dana and the Office of Film for working diligently to ensure a streamline process for producers, directors, and talent such as Mr. Fraser and many other noteworthy stars.”
Fraser garnered Oscar buzz and extended standing ovations at film festivals for his portrayal of a reclusive English teacher, suffering from severe obesity, who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter. “The Whale” used Umbra’s stage 4, an 18,000-square-foot drive-on sound stage. The movie also won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.