How did Everything Everywhere All At Once make such an Oscars impact?
The film's success proved a landmark achievement in multiple ways
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Michelle Yeoh took home the best Actress gong, while 's Oscars, winning seven Academy Awards including best picture and best director.
Michelle Yeoh took home the Best actress gong, while Ke Huy Quan was named best supporting actor and Jamie Lee Curtis won best supporting actress.
The Oscars landslide tops off a stellar awards season for the film, which has seen Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert's multiverse-obsessed movie become the most awarded film of all time, surpassing a title previously held by Peter Jackson's The Lord of The Rings trilogy closer, The Return of the King.
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But this movie had bite and fight. Here's everything the film has done to capture the eyes and hearts of voters everywhere, all at once.
How Everything Everywhere All At Once became an Oscars smash in ten points
What's the story?: EEAAO's most successful selling point is the story itself. It's weird, bizarre, and really hard to explain beyond "multiverses". It became a word of mouth phenomenon, as to be fair... you try explaining how talking rocks, taxes and sausage fingers connect.
It's a love story: There's something for everyone in EEAAO. Generational trauma, mother/daughter struggles, romance or a kick ass fight scene… you'll be hard-pressed not to find a part of the multiverse to connect with on a deep level. Find someone who'd love to do taxes with you.
Representation rocks: EEAAO provides an insight into Asian-American life while simultaneously smashing stereotypes (like laundromat working and kung-fu movies) into smithereens. The result's something utterly unique and yet relatable to the audience at large.
Older and wiser: Michelle Yeoh, 60, credited the film for giving her an opportunity to play an older leading role, calling EEAAO "the best gift" as "opportunities got smaller" for her in her Golden Globes speech. Of the four main characters, three are an older generation.
Michelle Yeoh's history-making nomination: Yeoh is the first ever East Asian-identifying star to be nominated for a lead actress Oscar thanks to EEAAO. Merle Oberon, of Sri Lankan/Maori heritage, was nominated in 1935 for The Dark Angel, but at the time she identified as white.
It's here, it's queer: The film also explores sexuality in two separate tales -– with Stephanie Hsu's character proudly with a girlfriend, and Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis (JLC) playing older lovers in another world. Like we said, representation rocks (like the film's rocks… geddit?)
Fighting talk: Yeoh became the second Asian-American ever to win lead actress at the Golden Globes (after Awkwafina in 2020). Taking a moment to "take in 40 years of work", she threatened to beat someone up when they tried to play her off-stage. Badass move. Instant viral hit.
Ke Huy Quannaissance: After giving up acting for 20 years due to lack of Asian roles, EEAAO is Ke Huy Quan's victory lap & career revival. Much like The Whale's Brendan Fraser, he's a humble awards darling you can't resist cheering for. Now he's joining the MCU in Loki season 2.
Jamie Lee Curtis goes full meme: JLC is EEAAO's biggest cheerleader – so much so she went viral. The Halloween actress cheering on co-star Yeoh for her Golden Globes win became so iconic, she later made it into a t-shirt and mug. We're here for the women supporting women vibes.
Justice for Stephanie Hsu: Hsu being overlooked at the BAFTAs and Golden Globes in favour of JLC baffled film lovers. Hsu's role is fundamental to the plot and breathtaking. So her Oscar nom left EEAAO fans delighted, and felt like justice was finally served.
Everything Everywhere All At Once is streaming on Prime Video in the UK.