The movie dominated the Oscars on Sunday night, winning 7 out of its 11 nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Original Screenplay.
The superhero comedy featuring a largely Asian-American cast took home the top award, Best Picture, along with six other awards at the 95th Academy Awards Sunday night. The movie beat out nine other nominees for the category.
“For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities. This is proof that dreams dream big and dreams do come true,” says Yeoh in her acceptance speech. “And ladies, don’t let anybody tell you you’re ever past your prime. Never give up!”
A tearful Ke Huy Quan talked about his journey from being a refugee to winning the Best Supporting Actor award in his speech.
“My journey started on a boat. I ended up in a refugee camp. And somehow, I ended up here on Hollywood’s biggest stage,” Quan says tearfully. “They say stories like this only happens in the movies. I cannot believe this is happening tome. This is the American dream!”
Everything Everywhere All At Once took home Best Director for Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, as well as Best Original Screenplay, while Jaime Lee Curtis took home the Best Supporting Actress nod. The movie also took home the Best Film Editing award.
“I know every director agrees with me when I say a director is nothing without their incredible cast and crew,” says Kwan. “If our movie has greatness and genius, it’s only because they have greatness and genius flowing throught their hearts and souls and minds, and they gave that precious gift to our film.”
“The world is opening up to the fact that genius does not stem from individuals like us on the stage, but rather genius emerges from the collective. We are all products of our context. We are all descendants of something and someone,” he continues.
Throughout the awards season, Everything Everywhere All At Once has swept up multiple nominations and awards. A few weeks prior to the Oscars, the movie took home four Screen Actors Guild awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Ke Huy Quan, Best Actress for Michelle Yeoh, Best Supporting Actress for Jamie Lee Curtis, and Outstanding Performance by a Cast.