Everything Everywhere All at Once has taken the Best Picture award at this year’s Oscars, having beaten the likes of All Quiet on the Western Front, Avatar: The Way of Water, The Banshees of Inisherin, Elvis, The Fabelmans, Tár, Top Gun: Maverick, Triangle of Sadness and Women Talking.
Collecting the Oscar, producer Jonathan Wang said: “This award is ours [and] its intimidating speaking up here let me just tell you that.
“I never thought I would get to say this so let me say this with one voice, thank you to the Academy.”
Addressing his wife, he added: "If all this shiny stuff and tuxedos go away then I would happily do laundry with you for the rest of my life.”
Director Daniel Kwan paid tribute to all the storytellers that sheltered each other from the 'chaos' of the world, saying: "These stories have changed my life."
The Best Picture race included the two highest-grossing films of the last year, Avatar: The Way of Water and Top Gun: Maverick, which also just so happen to be blockbuster sequels – a format not often taken seriously when it comes to critical acclaim.
But the ultimate winner Everything Everywhere All At Once was the most nominated film of the year, being up for 11 awards in total.
Earlier in the evening, three of the film’s stars, Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis won their respective Best Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress nods for movie, showing it was off to a strong start.
Quan said: “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.
“They say stories like this only happen in the movies. I cannot believe this is happening to me – this is the American dream.”
“Thank you so much to the Academy for the honour of a lifetime.”
Accepting her Oscar, Curtis, 64, said: “I know it looks like I am standing up here on my own but I am not. There are hundreds of people and hundreds of people. We just won an Oscar. To my family, my beautiful husband, Christopher Guest, my daughters, Annie and Ruby, my sister Kelly – we just won an Oscar.
“To all of the people who have supported the genre movie’s that I have made for hundreds and hundreds of thousands, we just won an Oscar together.”
Looking up to the sky, the actor – whose parents were Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh - added: “And my mother and father were both nominated for Oscars in different categories, I just won an Oscar.”
Michelle Yeoh also went on to win the Best Actress award for the film, saying in an equally poignant speech: “For all the little boys and girls who look like me, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities. Dream big, dreams do come true. Ladies, never let anyone tell you you are past your prime.
“I have to dedicate this to my mum, all the mums in the world because they are really the superhero’s and without them none of us would be here tonight. She’s 84 and I’m taking this home to her.”
She added: “This is history in the making.”
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