Everything Everywhere All at Once’s Monumental Night at the Oscar

Apollo Brown, Reporter

On March 12, ABC televised the 95 Academy Awards (the Oscars). The Oscars were held in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Jimmy Kimmel, who has his own late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, hosted the award show. 

The award show was a monumental night for the movie Everything Everywhere All at Once, which walked away with seven wins out of 11 nominations. The movie has won a total of 348 awards since its release on April 8, 2022.  

The categories won were: Best Original Screenplay, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, and Best Achievement in Film Editing. 

The movie follows Chinese immigrant Evelyn Wang, played by Michelle Yeoh. She owns a laundromat with her husband Waymond Wang, played by Ke Huy Quan. There are struggles seen in her business and her marriage. 

With the failing laundromat, the Wangs must meet with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Here Evelyn is introduced to the multiverse and must learn to control when she jumps universes, dubbed “verse-jumping”. 

After learning about the multiverse, Evelyn’s mind begins to split, and she is irregularly jumping through different universes. Evelyn learns to master her “verse-jumping” powers and some meaningful lessons about how she wasn’t truly supportive of her husband and daughter. 

The seven Oscars is a monumental win, especially because this is the first time in 21 years that a woman of color has won the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. This also makes Yeoh the first Asian American to win this Oscar. 

Ke Huy Quan, who won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, took a 30-year acting break and Everything Everywhere All at Once was his first movie after his break.

Everything Everywhere All at Once is also a major step in why representation matters for so many minorities. At the Screen Actor Guild, James Hong, who plays Gong Gong, stated “The producers said the Asians were not good enough and they are not box office–but look at us now!”

After Yeoh won her Oscar, she told all the little boys and girls that look like her that this was a beacon of hope.

After winning Best Actress in a Supporting Role, co-star  Jamie Lee Curtis said that she wasn’t the only person who won that Oscar with her; she mentioned her co-stars, the crew, and her parents. 

Quan mentioned thanks to  Steven Spielberg, the director of the Goonies, which was Quan’s first movie.