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As “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once” did a clean sweep at the Oscars, Michelle Yeoh is the first Asian woman to win best actress.
Seven awards were given to the amazing multiverse adventure, including those for best picture, best director, and best original screenplay.
Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis, who worked with Yeoh, won for best supporting actor and actress, respectively. No other movie has ever won best picture, best director, and three acting awards at the Oscars.
Yeoh plays a Chinese-American laundromat owner in Everything Everywhere All at Once, going through a tax audit, stuck in a bad marriage and struggling to connect with her daughter Joy.
But when she finds herself in different places in the multiverse, she must use their skills to save the world.
The 60-year-old had a late surge of support in this year’s Oscar race, which helped her pass Cate Blanchett, the early favorite.
Yeoh becomes is only the second woman of color, after Halle Berry for Monster’s Ball more than 20 years ago, to win best leading actress.
Before now, there has been a lot less variety in the category for best leading actress than in the category for best supporting actress, which has been won by Ariana DeBose, Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o, Yuh-jung Youn, Regina King, and Octavia Spencer in the last ten years.
Brendan Fraser tops off his return
In other news, Brendan Fraser won best actor for his role in The Whale, which was the cherry on top of his amazing return to Hollywood after years away.
“I’m grateful to Darren Aronofsky for giving me a creative lifeline,” the 54-year-old actor said of the film’s director.
At the turn of the century, Fraser was a huge movie star. He was in movies like George of the Jungle and The Mummy.
But he was out of the spotlight for years as he tried to get back to his past success, mostly by taking on smaller roles.
That changed when he was cast as a fat professor in The Whale who was trying to get back together with his daughter after they had grown apart.
Fraser changed his look for the movie, which won awards for best make-up and hairstyling.
Ke Huy Quan’s emotional speech at the Oscars
Like Fraser, Quan, who won the award for the best-supporting actor, has had a story of a comeback this awards season. The movie “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once” brought the actor back into the public eye.
He told the crowd, “You have to believe in your dreams. I almost gave up on mine.”
After becoming famous as a child actor in movies like The Goonies and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the 51-year-old actor took a long break from acting.
Curtis got her first Oscar after 45 years as an actress. She won the award for best supporting actress, one of the night’s most competitive categories.
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, who go by the name Daniels, won awards for best editing, best original screenplay, and best directing for their work on Everything, Everywhere.
Kwan said, “As I grew up, I realized that one thing we can do for each other is protect each other from the chaos of our world. Thank you to the people who told me those stories.”
All Quiet on the Western Front, a World War I epic on Netflix, won four awards, including best international feature, original score, production design, and cinematography. However, it came in second for the night.
It won several technical awards at the Baftas before it won at the Oscars, but it didn’t win the top award as it did in Britain.
The best-animated movie was Pinocchio by Guillermo del Toro. The Mexican director said, “Animation is cinema, it’s not a genre, and it’s ready to go to the next level.”
Ruth E. Carter won the award for best costume design for the first Black Panther, which she also won for Wakanda Forever. She gave the prize to her mother, who died last week at the age of 101.
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse won for Britain. In addition, the BBC One version of the illustrated Charlie Mackesy book that aired over the holidays won the award for best animated short.
The best documentary feature award went to Navalny, a show about Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition leader and the events leading to his poisoning in 2020.
Director Daniel Roher gave the award to Alexei Navalny, who has been in jail for two years. In his speech, Roher said, “Alexei, the world has not forgotten your important message to the world.”
Top Gun: Maverick, one of the biggest hits in the box office in 2022, won the award for best sound, and RRR’s “Naatu Naatu” won the award for best original song.
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At the ceremony, Rihanna sang “Lift Me Up,” and Lady Gaga sang “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick” without any clothes on (from Wakanda Forever).
Jimmy Kimmel, who runs a talk show in the US, hosted the 95th Academy Awards. He started the show with a monologue about the past year in movies.