Ke Huy Quan took home the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his heart-wrenching performance in Everything Everywhere All At Once, and his acceptance speech left everyone in tears.
Now, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented the 2022 film nominees for the 95th Academy Awards this Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles… and what a night it was.
At the ceremony, the 23 category winners were announced, with Four awards going to German movie All Quiet on the Western Front, including Oscars for best original score, production design, cinematography, and international feature.
Best visual effects went to Avatar: The Way of Water, while Best Sound went to Top Gun: Maverick.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever won for costume design, while Navalny won for outstanding documentary film.
Pinocchio, directed by Guillermo del Toro, received the prize for best-animated feature, and Sarah Polley’s Women Talking took home the prize for best-adapted screenplay.
But arguably the most emotional part of the night was when The Whale won Brendan Fraser the award for best actor in a leading role.
However, the best-performing film had to be Everything Everywhere All at Once. It had the most 2023 Oscar nominations (11) going into the program, winning seven.
The movie took home awards for best original script, best director (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), and best film editing (Paul Rogers).
Not only did it win best picture, but it also won three acting awards for Michelle Yeoh as best leading actress, Jamie Lee Curtis as best supporting actress, and Ke Huy Quan as best supporting actor.
Ke Huy Quan played Waymond Wang in the award-winning film, and it’s understandable why he took home such an honorable prize.
I think we were all blown away by his performance, specifically his delivery of the line “in another life, I would have really liked just doing laundry and taxes with you.”
For that alone, he deserved an Oscar.
But shockingly, he has admitted that there were moments in his life when he thought he would only amount to being remembered as a child actor, for his roles in movies such as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and The Goonies.
Taking to the stage, Quan opened up about how incredible it has been to be recognised once again.
After accepting his award, a clearly overjoyed and moved Quan delivered a stirring speech on pursuing one’s own aspirations and how challenging it had been to achieve and maintain his own.
“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,” the actor said.
“They say stories like this only happen in the movies. I cannot believe it’s happening to me. This is the American Dream.”
He continued, thanking his wife, saying: “I owe everything to the love of my life, my wife Echo, who month after month, year after year for 20 years told me that one day, my time will come. Dreams are something you have to believe in. I almost gave up on mine,” Quan said.
“To all of you out there, please keep your dreams alive. Thank you so much for welcoming me back. I love you.”