“Everything Everywhere All at Once” (“EEAAO”) has won several Oscars, including the prestigious Best Picture award.
On Sunday night at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theater, A24’s mind-bending sci-fi multiverse dramedy notably won seven of its 11 nominations.
The hit film, directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert – collectively known as the Daniels – beat nine other nominees for Best Picture: “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Avatar: The Way of Water,” “The Banshees of Inisherin,” “Elvis,” “The Fabelmans,” “Tár,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Triangle of Sadness” and “Women Talking.”
During “EEAAO”‘s Best Picture acceptance speech, producer Jonathan Wang dedicated the highly coveted award to his father, “who, like so many immigrant parents, died young.”
“He’s so proud of me,” Wang said. “Not because of this, but because we made this movie with what he taught me to do, which is no person is more important than profits, and no one is more important than anyone else. And these weirdos right here supported me in doing that.”
After receiving a standing ovation, Yeoh, 60 dedicated her win to her mother, whom she described as a “superhero.” During her acceptance speech, she also shared a positive message addressed to young viewers.
“For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibility,” Yeoh said. “And ladies, don’t let anyone ever tell you you are past your prime.”
The Malaysian actor beat several other notable names, including Cate Blanchett (“Tár”), Ana de Armas (“Blonde”), Andrea Riseborough (“To Leslie”) and Michelle Williams (“The Fablemans”).
Ke Huy Quan also received a standing ovation after winning Best Supporting Actor.
“My mom is 84 years old and she’s at home watching,” an emotional Quan, 51, said during his acceptance speech. “Mom, I just won an Oscar!”
“My journey started on a boat,” he shared. “I spent a year in a refugee camp and somehow I ended up here on Hollywood’s biggest stage. They say stories like this only happen in the movies. I can’t believe this is happening to me. This is the American dream.”
With his latest win, Quan is now the second actor of Asian descent to win this award, the first being Haing Ngor, a Chinese Cambodian refugee who won for his role in Roland Joffé’s 1984 film “The Killing Fields.” He is the first actor born in Vietnam to win an Oscar.
“I owe everything to the love of my life, my wife Echo, who month after month, year after year for 20 years told me that one day, one day my time will come,” he declared. “Dreams are something you have to believe in. I almost gave up on mine. To all of you out there, please keep your dreams alive.”
Other actors nominated for Best Supporting Actor include Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan (“The Banshees of Inisherin”), Brian Tyree Henry (“Causeway”) and Judd Hirsch (“The Fabelmans”).
Meanwhile, Jamie Lee Curtis took home Best Supporting Actress.
Outside of acting, the Daniels took home the Best Director award, beating other directors such as Martin McDonagh (“The Banshees of Inisherin”), Todd Field (“Tár”), Ruben Östlund (“Triangle of Sadness”) and Steven Spielberg (“The Fabelmans”).
“EEAAO,” which was written by the Daniels, also won Best Writing (Original Screenplay), beating “The Banshees of Inisherin” (written by Martin McDonagh), “Tár” (written by Todd Field), “Triangle of Sadness” (written by Ruben Östlund) and “The Fabelmans” (written by Spielberg and Tony Kushner).
Lastly, Paul Rogers, the editor of “EEAAO,” won Best Film Editing.
Rogers has previously worked on projects such as the 2016 TV series “The Eric Andre Show” and the music video for DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s 2013 song “Turn Down for What.” He beat several other editors, including Mikkel E.G. Nielsen (“The Banshees of Inisherin”), Matt Villa and Jonathan Redmond (“Elvis”), Monika Willi (“Tár”) and Eddie Hamilton (“Top Gun: Maverick”).