A highly unlikely success as Everything Everywhere dominates the Oscars

On a night when two Asian actors won Oscars for the first time, Malaysian-born Yeoh said her award was “a beacon of hope and opportunity” for “all the little boys and girls who look like me.” She continued with a dig at Hollywood’s attitude toward aging actresses: “Ladies, don’t let anyone tell you you’ve ever passed your prime.”

Tears shed early on at the awards ceremony when Ke Huy Quan, a former child star, walked in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom And the goonies, who had to stop acting for decades due to a lack of opportunities, won the award for best supporting actor Everywhere, everywhere.

“My journey began on a boat,” said the Vietnam-born actor. “I spent a year in a refugee camp and somehow ended up here on the biggest stage in Hollywood. It is said that such stories only exist in the cinema. I can’t believe it’s happening to me. This is the American dream!”

Leading actress Michelle Yeoh greets the audience as she is declared the winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Leading actress Michelle Yeoh greets the audience as she is declared the winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Everything Everywhere All at Once.Credit:Chris Pizzallo

There were more tears when Fraser won Best Actor for his comeback to mainstream Hollywood to play an overweight English professor The whale.

“I started in this business 30 years ago and things didn’t come easy to me,” he said. “It was like I was on a scuba diving expedition at the bottom of the ocean and the air on the line to the surface was on a boat being patrolled by some people in my life.”

Jamie Lee Curtis, who joked about being a “nepo baby” as the daughter of Oscar-nominated Hollywood stars Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, upped the ante when she won Best Supporting Actress for the role of a strict tax inspector Everything everywhere. She referred to her long career, during which she starred in a number of films Halloween movies.

“To all the people who have supported the genre films that I’ve made over the years — the thousands and hundreds of thousands of people — we just won an Oscar,” Curtis said. “Together.”

At the launch of the In Memoriam segment, John Travolta broke down in tears as he flagged a mention of the late Olivia Newton-John as saying that these are people to whom we remain “hopelessly devoted.”

The two Hollywood box office hits nominated for Best Picture each won a single Oscar: Avatar: The Way of Water claimed the best visual effects and Top Gun: Maverick collected best sound. Best Animated Feature Film went to Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro.

On the champagne carpet before the awards ceremony, Luhrmann quoted a Lizzo text as he said, “It’s about damn time” for the first time in more than 90 years that a woman won best cinematography at the Oscars.

But Mandy Walker who shot elvisfailed to break another glass ceiling – she became the first woman to win Australia’s AACTA Awards – when the Oscar went to James Friend nothing new in the West.

But awards history was made when costume designer Ruth E. Carter became the first black woman to win two Oscars. After winning her first for Black Panthershe won again for the sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Oscar winners Jamie Lee Curtis and Ke Huy Quan.

Oscar winners Jamie Lee Curtis and Ke Huy Quan.Credit:AP

Host Jimmy Kimmel, who was the steady hand the Oscars needed after last year’s riotous controversy, first joked about what would happen to anyone who commits an act of violence this time around: “You’ll be awarded the Oscar for Best Actor and are allowed to give a 19-minute speech”.

Actress, writer and director Sarah Polley had a shot at Oscars failure to nominate a woman for best director this year when she won best adapted screenplay women talk. “I just want to thank the Academy for not being offended to death when the words ‘women’ and ‘speeches’ are so closely related,” she said.

The most political moment at the awards ceremony came when Best Documentary went up Navalnywhich shows how Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny tricked the country’s spies into revealing details of the 2020 plot to poison him.

Director Daniel Roher said Navalny “remains in solitary confinement for what he – I want to make sure we get his words spot on – calls Vladimir Putin’s unjust war in Ukraine.”

Even in the midst of all of them Everything everywhere Success was one of the most heartwarming moments as writers and directors Tom Berkeley and Ross White encouraged the audience to sing Happy Birthday to actor James Martin, who has Down Syndrome, when they won Best Live-Action Short An Irish farewell.

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