Everything, Everywhere, All at Once has been the talk of Hollywood since its release. The film brought together a stellar cast and boasts an extraordinarily original storyline.
The 95th Academy Awards recognized the movie’s excellence, with Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan both taking home Oscars for their performances. We’ll touch on the making of the film, its massive success and the people behind it, with a focus on Yeoh’s historic win as the first Asian actress to win an Oscar in her category.
Michelle Yeoh’s Oscar Win and Historic Achievement
Michelle Yeoh’s stunning portrayal of Evelyn Quan Wang in Everything, Everywhere, All at Once has earned her an Oscar for Best Actress, making her the first Asian actress to win the prestigious award. Yeoh’s acting career spans over three decades, with notable roles in movies such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Crazy Rich Asians. Her Oscar win is a significant milestone, not only for her career but also for Asian representation in Hollywood.
The win is particularly important for Yeoh, who has long been an advocate for greater representation in the entertainment industry. In a recent interview, Yeoh discussed the importance of her Oscar win, stating, “It’s not just about breaking barriers for myself, but for all Asian actors who come after me.”
Ke Huy Quan’s Triumphant Return to Acting
Not to be outdone, Yeoh’s co-star, Ke Huy Quan, also took home an Oscar for his performance, winning Best Supporting Actor. Quan, who rose to fame as a child actor in The Goonies and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, had been on a lengthy hiatus from acting before returning to the big screen for Everything, Everywhere, All at Once.
Quan’s portrayal of a character caught in the chaos of multiple universes resonated with both audiences and critics alike. His win at the 95th Academy Awards was a fitting tribute to his acting talents and marked an exciting comeback.
Stunts, Choreography, and the Small Budget
Despite its relatively modest budget, Everything, Everywhere, All at Once has managed to deliver a spectacle with its stunts and choreography. Much of the credit goes to Michelle Yeoh, who performed many of her own stunts. Yeoh’s background in martial arts and her experience working alongside action legends like Jackie Chan, have equipped her with the skills necessary to execute complex stunts.
In addition to Yeoh, the film’s choreography team included Stunt coordinator Timothy Eulich and fight choreographer brothers Andy Le and Brian Le. They made sure that the choreography blended seamlessly with the movie’s CGI.
The Fast-Paced Filming Process
Everything, Everywhere, All at Once was filmed at a breakneck pace, with the cast and crew working tirelessly to bring the multiverse story to life. Remarkably, the entire film was shot in under 40 days, a significant accomplishment, considering.
This was made possible through meticulous planning and the innovative use of technology to streamline the production process. The ability to complete such a complex project within this tight timeframe demonstrates the talent and determination of everyone involved in bringing this ambitious film to life.
The Visionary Directing Duo: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
The directing duo, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, known as “Daniels,” have made their mark in the film industry. Before venturing into feature films, Daniels gained recognition for their work in music videos, such as DJ Snake’s “Turn Down for What” and several videos for the band Foster the People. Their debut feature film, Swiss Army Man starring Daniel Radcliffe, is a perfect example of how they blend humor with surrealism.
With Everything, Everywhere, All at Once, the Daniels have continued to push the boundaries of conventional filmmaking. The film’s success has solidified their place among the industry’s most important directors, earning them a Best Director nomination at the 95th Academy Awards.
The Supporting Cast
The movie’s supporting cast features a mix of veteran actors and rising stars. Jamie Lee Curtis delivers a memorable performance, while Stephanie Hsu, known for her role in the TV series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, showcases her talent in a new light, as the daughter of Evelyn and Waymond Yang. The film also features James Hong, a prolific actor with over 60 years of experience in the industry.
A Multiverse of Inspirations and Connections
Everything, Everywhere, All at Once shares a connection with the Marvel Cinematic Universe through Michelle Yeoh, who also starred in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Yeoh’s performance in both films has contributed to the growing trend of diverse representation in the superhero genre.
Awards and Accolades
Everything, Everywhere, All at Once received critical acclaim and numerous awards, with a blend of comedy, action and sci-fi. At the 95th Academy Awards, the movie garnered 11 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. Ultimately, the film took home awards for Best Actress (Michelle Yeoh) and Best Supporting Actor (Ke Huy Quan), marking a historic moment for Asian representation in Hollywood.
With its Oscar worthy performances, Everything, Everywhere, All at Once left quite an impact on audiences and the film industry as a whole. The movie has grossed over $100 million worldwide, and has a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.