The Academy Award for finest actor in a supporting role went to the first Asian actor Ke Huy Quan, who is now ecstatic.
Quan received plaudits for his portrayal of a loyal husband in Everything Everywhere All At Once, and on Monday, he won the Oscar for that role.
Only two actors of Asian ethnicity have ever won Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards. He was the first.
After nearly 40 years away, Ke Huy Quan, a former child star who recently made a comeback, broke down in tears as he accepted the prize.
All through the award season, Harrison Ford praised Quan’s “Everything Everywhere” performance. In 1984’s action blockbuster “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” by Steven Spielberg, opposite Harrison Ford, Quan made his feature film debut as a young actor.
BREAKING: Ke Huy Quan just won an #Oscar at the Academy Awards for best supporting actor for his role in ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) March 13, 2023
“Mom, I just won an Oscar!!”
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“I’m overjoyed for him. He’s a wonderful man.” On Quan’s Oscar nomination in January, Ford said to Entertainment Tonight,
The emotional reunion between Ke Huy Quan and Harrison Ford at the Oscars wasn’t their first. When the two encountered one another at Disney’s D23 event and posed for a photo, the image quickly went viral in September.
Quan stated in his award speech, “I departed from shore aboard a boat. I stayed in a refugee camp for a year. And suddenly, I found myself here, on the largest platform in Hollywood.”
“Some claim that tales like these only appear in films. It’s happening to me, and I can’t believe it. That is what the American dream looks like,” the actor continued.
With the victory, Quan’s awards season comes to a very emotional close. He became famous before entering his teenage years, but he soon gave up performing when he discovered a few significant Asian-American roles in movies.
Everything Everywhere All at Once, created by Daniel Scheinert & Daniel Kwan, had its world debut to both critical and commercial acclaim at SXSW in 2022. With $100 million worldwide, the movie became a rare independent triumph from the pandemic age. It is currently A24’s all-time top-grossing release.
Seven Oscars were won overall by “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” including best director. Jamie Lee Curtis & Michelle Yeoh, who starred alongside Quan, took home the awards of best supporting actress and best actress at the Oscars, respectively.
“Every rejection, every disappointment has led you here to this moment”— The Film Drunk (@thefilmdrunk) March 13, 2023
Best Picture Winner – EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
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In the competition for best actress, Michelle Yeoh competed against Austin Butler, who played Elvis, Cate Blanchett, who portrayed a cunning orchestra director in “Tar.” and Brendan Fraser, who performed an obese man in “The Whale.”