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Michelle Yeoh became the first Asian woman to win best actress after “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once” did a clean sweep at the Oscars.
The incredible multiverse journey received seven prizes, including best picture, director, and original screenplay.
Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis, both of whom worked with Yeoh, received awards for best supporting actor and actress, respectively. In the history of the Oscars, no film has won best picture, best director, and three acting honors.
Yeoh plays the role a Chinese-American laundry owner suffering through a tax audit, locked in a poor marriage, and attempting to connect with her daughter Joy.
Nevertheless, she must harness their abilities to save the world when she finds herself in many locations throughout the multiverse.
The 60-year-old had a late surge of support in this year’s Oscar contest, allowing her to pass. The early frontrunner is Cate Blanchett.
Yeoh becomes only the second woman of color to win best main actress, following Halle Berry for Monster’s Ball over 20 years ago.
Previously, there has been far less diversity in the category of the best leading actress than in the category of best supporting actress, which has been won in the last ten years by Ariana DeBose, Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o, Yuh-jung Youn, Regina King, and Octavia Spencer.
Brendan Fraser completes his comeback
In other news, Brendan Fraser won best actor for his part in The Whale, capping off an incredible return to Hollywood after years away.
“I’m grateful to Darren Aronofsky for providing me with a creative lifeline,” remarked the 54-year-old actor of the film’s director.
Fraser was a great movie star around the turn of the century. He appeared in films such as George of the Jungle and The Mummy.
Yet he was out of the spotlight for years as he strove to reclaim his previous glory, primarily through smaller roles.
Everything changed when he was cast as an obese professor in The Whale who was trying to reconcile with his estranged daughter.
Fraser’s appearance was altered for the film, which earned accolades for best make-up and hairstyling.
Ke Huy Quan’s speech was heartbreaking
Quan, who won the Oscar for the best-supporting actor, has had a similar comeback story to Fraser this awards season. The film “Everything, Everywhere, Everything at Once” reintroduced the actor to the public eye.
He addressed the audience, “You must have faith in your dreams. I was almost done with mine.”
The 51-year-old actor took a long sabbatical from performing after becoming popular as a child actor in movies like The Goonies and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Other major wins at the Oscars
Curtis received her first Academy Award nomination after 45 years as an actress. She was named best supporting actress, one of the night’s most competitive categories.
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, sometimes known as Daniels, received honors for their work on Everything, Everywhere, including best editing, original script, and directing.
Kwan stated, “As I grew older, I realized that one thing we can do for one another is protect one another from the chaos of this world. Thank you to everyone who shared their stories with me.”
The Netflix World War I epic All Quiet on the Western Front won four prizes, including best foreign movie, original score, production design, and cinematography. It did, however, finish second for the night.
It won multiple technical honors at the Baftas before winning the top prize at the Oscars, but not the top prize.
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio was the greatest animated film. “Animation is cinema, not a genre,” remarked the Mexican director, “and it’s ready to advance to the next level.”
Ruth E. Carter received the prize for best costume design for the first Black Panther and Wakanda Forever. She presented the award to her mother, who died last week at the age of 101.
For Britain, the Boy, Mole, Fox, and Horse won. Also, the BBC One adaptation of the illustrated Charlie Mackesy book broadcast during the holidays won the prize for best animated short.
The best documentary prize went to Navalny, a show about Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and the events leading up to his poisoning in 2020.
Alexei Navalny, imprisoned for two years, received the prize from director Daniel Roher. “Alexei, the globe has not forgotten your vital message to the world,” Roher stated in his remarks.
Top Gun: Maverick, one of 2022’s biggest box office hits, received the award for best sound, and RRR’s “Naatu Naatu” took home the prize for best original song.
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Rihanna performed “Lift Me Up,” and Lady Gaga performed “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick” while wearing no clothes (from Wakanda Forever).
Jimmy Kimmel hosted at the 95th Academy Awards. He began the broadcast with a speech discussing the previous year in cinema.