At the Oscars, "Everything Everywhere" wins best picture.
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At the Academy Awards on Sunday, "Everything Everywhere All at Once" won the coveted best picture award as Hollywood embraced a unique tale about a Chinese-American family resolving their issues across multiple dimensions.
The film's leading ladies, Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, and Jamie Lee Curtis, won three of the four acting Oscars. Yeoh portrayed the lead character, a frazzled laundromat owner who discovers she has superpowers in alternate realities.
The 60-year-old Malaysian actress said on stage, "For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities. Don't ever let anyone tell you that you are past your prime, ladies.
Hollywood veteran Curtis and former child star Quan won supporting actor and actress awards for their performances.
Vietnam-born Quan kissed his gold Oscar statuette on stage in front of the biggest names in entertainment as he sobbed.
Quan stated, "I started my journey on a boat. "I resided in a refugee camp for a year. I somehow found myself here, on the biggest stage in Hollywood."
Quan appeared as a child actor in "The Goonies" in 1985 and a "Indiana Jones" film from 1984. The 51-year-old actor claimed he had given up acting for years because there weren't many opportunities for Asian actors in mainstream media.
They claim that tales like this only occur in films, he continued. "It's happening to me, and I can't believe it. The American dream is this."
Curtis, a co-star of Quan's who made a name for herself in horror movies like "Halloween," won best supporting actress for her portrayal of an unattractive tax auditor named Deirdre Beaubeirdre.
The 64-year-old Curtis addressed her late parents, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, both of whom were nominated for Academy Awards. She sobbed, "I just won an Oscar," as she spoke.
Brendan Fraser, who starred in "The Whale," won best actor for his portrayal of a morbidly obese man trying to get back in touch with his daughter.
On the Dolby Theatre stage, he addressed the audience while holding his award and saying, "I'm so grateful to you.
"All Quiet on the Western Front," a German adaptation of the World War One epic, won best international film. The Netflix streaming film shows the horrors of trench warfare as seen through the eyes of a young man who is initially eager to join the battle.
Felix Kammerer, the movie's young star, joined the director Edward Berger on stage, and they exchanged thanks.
"This was your first movie, and you carried us on your shoulders like it was nothing," Berger said.
The best feature documentary Oscar went to the movie "Navalny," which is about the poisoning that almost killed Alexei Navalny, the most well-known opposition leader in Russia, and his detention ever since he returned to Moscow in 2021.
Alexei, I dream of the day when you and our nation will be free, Yulia Navalnaya, his wife, said on stage. Keep going, my love.
The award for best original song went to the song "Naatu Naatu" from the Indian film "RRR," which started a worldwide dance craze.
ON-SITE CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM
In case of a twist, a crisis response team was ready. The organization was created as a result of Will Smith's stage-punching of Chris Rock last year, which degraded the most esteemed award show in the movie business.
In a tribute to best picture nominee "Top Gun: Maverick," two US military aircraft flew over the Oscars theater before Jimmy Kimmel parachuted onto the stage.
In his opening monologue, comedian Jimmy Kimmel made fun of the audience's response to Smith's assault from the previous year.
He advised the A-list crowd, "Just do what you did last year - nothing if anything unpredictable or violent happens at the ceremony. "Perhaps give the attacker a hug."
Jenny, the scene-stealing donkey from best picture nominee "The Banshees of Inisherin," joined Kimmel as a surprise guest as well.
"Pinocchio" by Guillermo del Toro won the award for best animated film.
The ABC network carried live coverage of the 95th Academy Awards ceremony. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wanted to put the slap behind them and put on a glamorous show to raise the TV ratings, which had been declining.
Prior to the ceremony, nominees promoted their films on a champagne carpet rather than the customary red one while dressed in designer gowns and tuxedos.
The approximately 10,000 actors, producers, directors, and other film industry professionals who make up the film academy cast votes for the winners.