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‘Everything Everywhere’ all-conquering at Oscars

/ 04:21 AM March 14, 2023

Cast of Everything Everywhere STORY: ‘Everything Everywhere’ all-conquering at Oscars

YEAR’S BEST | Jamie Lee Curtis, James Hong, Ke Huy Quan, Michelle Yeoh, Jonathan Wang, Daniel Kwan, Stephanie Hsu, and Daniel Scheinert, winners of the best picture award for “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” pose in the press room during the 95th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood. (Agence France-Presse)

HOLLYWOOD — Surreal sci-fi film “Everything Everywhere All at Once” dominated the Oscars on Sunday, winning seven golden statuettes including best picture, Hollywood’s most coveted prize.

The unorthodox but beloved movie—which features multiple universes, sex toys and hot dog fingers—also won best director, best actress, best original screenplay, best editing, and both the best supporting actor and actress prizes.


Michelle Yeoh, who is Malaysian, becomes the first-ever Asian woman to win best actress, for her portrayal of an exhausted Chinese laundromat owner embroiled in battle with an interdimensional supervillain—who happens to be her daughter.


“Thank you to the Academy, this is history in the making!” she said.

“Ladies, don’t let anybody tell you you are ever past your prime,” added the 60-year-old, whose career began decades ago with martial arts films in Hong Kong.

Brendan Fraser won best actor for playing a morbidly obese teacher in “The Whale,” capping a remarkable career comeback.

Fraser was a major action star in the late 1990s with films like “The Mummy,” before largely disappearing from public view.

“I started in this business 30 years ago, and things—they didn’t come easily to me,” he said.

He thanked director Darren Aronofsky for “throwing me a creative lifeline and hauling me aboard the good ship ‘The Whale.’”


‘American Dream’

“Everything Everywhere,” comfortably the night’s biggest winner, is a word-of-mouth smash hit that has grossed $100 million at the global box office.

In a plot that is not easily described, Yeoh’s heroine Evelyn must harness the power of her alter egos living in parallel universes, which feature hot dogs as human fingers, talking rocks, and giant dildos used as weapons.

The film, which features a predominantly Asian cast, was directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert—two young filmmakers who were previously best known for an oddball comedy about a talking corpse.

Kwan thanked his “immigrant parents,” while his counterpart thanked his mother for never “squashing my creativity,” including when he had dressed in drag as a child.

Vietnam-born Ke Huy Quan, 51, who was a major child star in the 1980s with “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “The Goonies,” completed a stunning comeback from decades in the Hollywood wilderness by winning best supporting actor.

“My journey started on a boat. I spent a year in a refugee camp. And somehow, I ended up here on Hollywood’s biggest stage… this is the American Dream!”

Best supporting actress Jamie Lee Curtis paid tribute to her parents Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, both Oscar-nominated actors who never won.

Making noise

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Netflix’s German-language World War I film, finished the night in second place with four awards.

It won the best international feature and the best cinematography awards early in Sunday’s ceremony.

As the night progressed, it also gathered Oscars for best original score and best production design.

The night began with a thunderous flyover by two US Navy jets, soaring at 345 mph over the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Host Jimmy Kimmel was then lowered onto the stage, and he quickly launched into a monologue that laid into Will Smith’s infamous attack on Chris Rock at last year’s Oscars.

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The specter of “The Slap” has hung over the Oscars since Smith assaulted Rock on stage for cracking a joke about his wife. Smith was allowed to stay at the gala, and accept Hollywood’s top male acting prize soon after, but has since been banned from Academy events for a decade.


Oscars night: five talking points

Brendan Fraser wins best actor Oscar for ‘The Whale’

Michelle Yeoh wins best actress Oscar for ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’

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