And the Oscars’ best picture award goes to “Everything”

And the Oscars' best picture award goes to "Everything"

Michelle Yeoh wins Oscar

LOS ANGELES – The metaphysical multiverse comedy “Everything Everywhere All at Once” won the best picture Oscar at the 95th Academy Awards on Sunday. Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, and Jamie Lee Curtis also received honors. And the Oscars best picture award goes to “Everything”

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s chaotic ballet of everything bagels, googly-eyed rocks, and one nasty tax audit emerged as an unlikely Academy Awards heavyweight while being far from Oscar bait. The independent smash, which came in second for best picture behind “Moonlight,” won seven Oscars in total. Only two other movies, “A Streetcar Called Desire” and “Network,” have garnered three acting Oscars.

The Oscar-winning film “Everything Everywhere All at Once” triumphed with a completely different portrayal of immigration fifty years after “The Godfather” won the award. This unique story around a Chinese immigrant family, the Daniels’ second feature film, combined science fiction and parallel dimensions with the tale of an everyday housewife and laundromat proprietor.

The world is changing quickly, and Kwan, who claimed best director as well as best original script together with Scheinert, expressed concern that his stories were not keeping up. Knowing that the world on the online moves at a millisecond rate while movies move at a rate of years can be a little frightening at times. But I firmly believe in our stories.

Yeoh won the prize for best actress and made history as the first Asian woman to do so for her work in “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” Yeoh, 60, a Malaysian native, won her maiden Oscar for a portrayal that incorporated both her comedic and dramatic talents as well as her kung fu prowess. It’s the first time in 20 years that a non-white actress has won best actress.

Yeoh, who drew a boisterous standing ovation, remarked, “Women, don’t allow anybody ever tell you you’re past your prime.

After two years of epidemic, the debut of “Everything Everywhere” in March 2022 assisted with reviving arthouse theatres, generating over $100 million in ticket sales despite low initial estimates of Oscar success. The 35-year-old Daniels, who also co-wrote the screenplay for “No Country for Old Men,” join Joel and Ethan Coen and Robert Wise as the only other filmmaking teams to have won the prize for best director. The honor was given “to the moms of the world,” according to Scheinert.

Brendan Fraser won the award for best actor, capping his comeback to the spotlight for his physical transformation into a 600-lb. secluded professor in “The Whale.” One of the tightest battles of the evening had been for best actor, but Austin Butler edged out Fraser in the end.

Fraser, who was visibly touched, pointed to the “Everything Everywhere All at Once” cast and stated, “This is what the multiverse looks like.

Hollywood was able to move on from The Slap, one of the most infamous events in Oscar history, thanks to the film “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” which served as a breath of fresh air in a sequel- and reboot-heavy industry. For the 3rd time, Jimmy Kimmel promised a ceremony with “no nonsense.” He claimed that anyone looking to “get jiggy with it” this year would have to pass through a terrifying squad of bodyguards, including Yeoh, Steven Spielberg, and the “security guard” for his show, Guillermo Rodriguez.

The Oscar for the best supporting actor went to the former child star Quan for his role in the independent blockbuster “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” capping off his own remarkable comeback. Before being cast in “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Quan, who is well-known for his appearances as Short Round in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and Data in “Goonies,” had all but given up acting.

Even though his triumph was one of the most anticipated of the evening, it was still one of the most touching parts of the ceremony. Quan fought back tears as he received a standing ovation from the audience, which included his “Temple of Doom” director, Steven Spielberg.

“Mum, I just got an Oscar!” recalled Quan, 51, whose family fled Vietnam during the war when he was just a child.

Some claim that tales like these only appear in movies. Quan remarked, “I can’t believe it’s happening. The American dream is represented here.

Jamie Lee Curtis, Quan’s co-star, took home the prize for the best supporting actress a short while later. Her victory in one of the year’s most competitive categories prevented comic book lovers from winning. The first actor to win an Oscar for a Marvel film would have been Angela Bassett (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”). Tony Curtis was nominated for “The Defiant Ones” in 1959, and Janet Leigh was nominated for “Psycho” in 1961, making Curtis one of the uncommon Oscar winners whose parents were also candidates.

The Academy bestowed accolades on the craft of the devastating anti-war picture, and Netflix’s top contender this year, the German-language WWI epic “All Quiet on the Western Front,” won four of them. It took home awards for best international film, production design, score, and cinematography.

Ruth E. Carter won an award for the costume design of “Wakanda Forever,” four years after being the first Black costume designer to win an Oscar for “Black Panther,” even though Angela Bassett didn’t win for supporting actress. Carter becomes the 1st Black woman to win two Oscars thanks to this one.

Carter expressed her gratitude to the Academy for honoring the Black woman superhero. She is every woman in this movie because she perseveres, loves, and triumphs.

Traditional openings for ABC’s show included a montage of the year’s movies (with Kimmel cut into a cockpit in “Top Gun: Maverick”) and a protracted monologue. When Will Smith hit presenter Chris Rock the previous year and went on to win best actor, Kimmel found it difficult to draw any conclusions from the incident. According to Kimmel, “you will be awarded the Oscar for best actor and entitled to deliver a 19-minute monologue” if anyone attempted any violence this year.

No women got nominated as the best director after Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”) and Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”) received historic victories. Yet, Sarah Polley’s metaphor-heavy Mennonite drama “Women Talking” took home the award for best adapted script.

The words “women” and “talking” didn’t outrage the academy to a fatal degree, Polley added.

Alexei Navalny, the imprisoned leader of the Russian opposition, was the subject of Daniel Roher’s “Navalny,” which won best documentary. The movie’s victory had overt references to Navalny’s ongoing detention as well as Vladimir Putin’s ongoing conflict in Ukraine. On the stage, Yulia Navalnaya joined the filmmakers.

Navalnaya remarked, “My husband is in prison merely for telling the truth. Keep going, my darling.

Some well-known people choose not to attend for other reasons. Neither James Cameron, the director of the best picture candidate “Avatar: The Way of Water,” nor Tom Cruise, whose film “Top Gun: Maverick” was up for the award, attended the presentation. Both have been at the forefront of Hollywood’s efforts to win back audiences after a plague for years.

Kimmel quipped, “The two guys that urged us to go back to the movie aren’t in the theater,” adding that Cruise in “Top Gun: Maverick” without a shirt on was “L. Ron Hubba Hubba.”

Oscar ratings are frequently increased by blockbuster nominees. Despite having a total box office of almost $3.7 billion, neither “Maverick” nor “Avatar” made very much money. For outstanding visual effects, “The Way of Water” won, while “Maverick” won for best audio.

Following the Oscars of the previous year, which had eliminated some categories from the live presentation, the academy brought back all of the honors and relied heavily on classic song and dance performances. This resulted in some jaw-dropping songs, such as the “Naatu Naatu” dance from the Telugu action hit “RRR,” Lady Gaga’s emotional rendition of “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick,” and Rihanna’s Super Bowl halftime performance. The song “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR” was named best song.

A lengthy show was also a result. You can almost say that this makes you miss slapping a little bit. Midway, said Kimmel.

The academy established a crisis management unit in the wake of the slap from the previous year to better handle shocks. Rock, who just delivered his strongest response to what happened in a live special, and Smith, who was expelled from the academy for a decade, did not attend.

The “CODA” movie for Apple TV was the first streaming movie to be awarded best picture last year. In contrast, nine of the ten best picture nominees for this year were theatrical films. The cinema industry rebounded to around 67% of pre-pandemic levels after the pandemic caused it to collapse. Yet, it was a year of ups and downs, with both huge successes and unsettling lulls.

Releases like “Creed III” and “Cocaine Bear,” which had not only one but two appearances at Sunday’s event, have contributed to the robust ticket sales this year. As contract negotiations between the Writers Guild as well as the major studios get underway on March 20, much of the industry is bracing for a potential work stoppage.

The Oscars are looking for stability as well. A record-low 10.5 million people watched the show in 2021, while 16.6 million people watched it last year, a 58% increase.

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