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Everything everywhere all at once won Best Picture at the Oscars on Sunday, bringing the total number of Movie of the Night awards to seven and capping a remarkable awards season.
Producer Jonathan Wang accepted the award, saying in his speech, “I never thought I would be able to say this, so I say it with one voice, with all these people: Thank you to the Academy.” He added: “It’s for my dad, who like so many immigrant parents died young, and he’s so proud of me not because of that, but because we made this movie with what he taught me to do.”
Co-director Daniel Kwan then added, “I think one of the things I realized growing up was that one of the best things we can do for each other is to protect ourselves from the chaos of this crazy world we live in… The world is changing fast, and I’m afraid our stories aren’t keeping pace. And sometimes it’s a little scary to know that movies change at the rate of years and the internet changes at the rate of milliseconds. But I have great confidence in our stories. These stories have changed my life and they have for generations, and I know we will get through this.
Leading all 2023 Oscar nominees with 11, the indie multiverse hit won seven awards in total, including Best Picture, Best Director and Original Screenplay for the Daniels, Best Actress for Michelle Yeoh, Best Supporting Actor for Ke Huy Quan, Best Actress in a Supporting Actor for Jamie Lee Curtis and Best Editing. The film follows the fantastical story of Evelyn Wang (Yeoh), a Chinese-American struggling with financial ruin, as she uncovers her other self to become an unlikely hero to save the multiverse.
The film’s stars were awards season favorites, with Yeoh and Quan making history at the SAG Awards, becoming the first Asian film actors to win (Jamie Lee Curtis also won for his supporting role, and they also collectively won Outstanding Cast/Ensemble Performance). They also each won Best Actor trophies at the Golden Globes and the Independent Spirit Awards, with costar Stephanie Hsu winning Best Breakthrough Performance and where the film won Best Feature.
Everywhere beat out nine other films, including In the west, nothing is new, Avatar: The Way of the Water, The Banshees of Inisherin, Elvis, The Fablemans, Warehouse, Top Gun: Maverick, triangle of sadness, women who talk to win the top prize for Best Picture.