“Everything Everywhere All at Once” dominated the Oscars on Sunday night, winning seven awards, including best picture, best actress, best director, best editing, best supporting actor, best supporting actress and best original screenplay.
“Everything Everywhere” had 11 nominations, heading into the night a big favorite.
Directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert took home the directing prize. Michelle Yeoh won best actress, making her the first Asian star to take the award. Kwan and Scheinert won best original screenplay.
“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 do come true,” an emotional Yeoh said onstage as she accepted her Oscar statuette. “And ladies, don’t let anybody ever tell you that you’re past your prime. Never give up.”
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” was not nominated for best actor, a category that for the first time since 1935 features five actors who have never been nominated before. Brendan Fraser won for “The Whale.”
Ke Huy Quan won best supporting actor for his role in “Everything Everywhere,” and Jamie Lee Curtis, who’s been a film icon since the 1978 horror classic “Halloween,” scored a win for best supporting actress.
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“Everything Everywhere All at Once” lauded for originality
The plot centers on Evelyn Wang, a Chinese-American immigrant who, while being audited by the IRS, discovers that she must connect with parallel universe versions of herself to prevent a powerful being from destroying the multiverse.
Reviewers lauded its originality, screenplay, direction, acting (particularly of Yeoh, Hsu, Quan and Curtis), visual effects, costume design, action sequences, musical score, and editing.
Its portrayal of philosophical concepts like existentialism, nihilism, and absurdism, as well as its approach to themes such as neurodivergence, depression, generational trauma, and Asian-American identity, have been acknowledged and widely analyzed.
The full list of Oscar winners
Best Picture: “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
Best Actress: Michelle Yeoh, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
Best Actor: Brendan Fraser, “The Whale”
Best Director: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
Best Original Song: “Naatu Naatu,” “RRR”
Best Documentary Feature: “Navalny”
Best Adapted Screenplay: “Women Talking”
Best Original Screenplay: “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
Best Costume Design: “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
Best International Feature: “All Quiet on the Western Front”
Best Supporting Actor: Ke Huy Quan, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
Best Animated Feature: “Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio”
Best Visual Effects: “Avatar: The Way of Water”
Best Cinematography: “All Quiet on the Western Front”
Best Supporting Actress: Jamie Lee Curtis, “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
Best Film Editing: “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
Best Score: “All Quiet on the Western Front”
Best Sound: “Top Gun: Maverick”
Best Production Design: “All Quiet on the Western Front”
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: “The Whale”
Best: Documentary (Short Subject): “The Elephant Whisperers”
Best Short (Animated): “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse”
Best Short Film (Live Action): “An Irish Goodbye”