'Everything Everywhere All at Once', a story about a Chinese-American laundromat owner who becomes swept up in an interdimensional adventure, has triumphed at this year's Academy Awards, winning seven Oscars in total including the award for best film.
The film's lead, Michelle Yeoh, also became the first Asian woman to win the award for best actress, as well as only the second woman of colour to win the prize after Halle Berry in 2002. "For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities," Yeoh said after accepting her award. The 60-year-old added: "Ladies, don't ever let anyone tell you you are past your prime."
Former child actor Ke Huy Quan, who plays Yeoh's husband in the film, won the award for best supporting actor. "Mom! I just won an Oscar!" Quan said during an emotional acceptance speech. "I spent a year in a refugee camp and somehow I ended up here on Hollywood's biggest stage... This is the American Dream!"
BREAKING: Ke Huy Quan just won an #Oscar at the Academy Awards for best supporting actor for his role in 'Everything Everywhere All at Once'"Mom, I just won an Oscar!!" For those unaware Ke Huy Quan spent a year with his family in a Hong Kong refugee camp before arriving in… https://t.co/KqUPSJVYfe pic.twitter.com/yeRxujYzcU — Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) March 13, 2023
Jamie Lee Curtis, who plays an evil auditor in the film, won the award for best supporting actress, while the film's directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert jointly won the prize for best director. The film also won the Oscars for best editing and best original screenplay.
The other major winner of the night was the German-language war film All Quiet on the Western Front, which won four awards in total including for best international film, beating Belgian nominated film Close. Brendan Fraser was awarded the prize for best actor, for his portrayal of a morbidly obese English teacher in The Whale.
- Will Smith's slap overshadows slavery film 'Emancipation'
- Belgian movie 'Close' nominated for Oscars
The night also featured performances from Rihanna and Lady Gaga, as well as appearances from Cocaine Bear and Jenny the Donkey, the sidekick to Colin Farrell's character in the Irish nominated film The Banshees of Inisherin.
At one point, host Jimmy Kimmel joked about Will Smith's infamous slapping of comedian Chris Rock during last year's awards.
"We want you to have fun, feel safe and, most importantly, we want me feel safe," Kimmel said. "So, we have strict policies in place. If anyone in this theatre commits an act of violence at any point during the show, you will be awarded the Oscar for best actor and permitted to give a 19-minute long speech."