Everything Everywhere At Once The SAG Winner Runs For Oscar Glory

Asian actors took home many awards at the SAG Awards.

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” is on the way, picking up key wins at the DGA and predictive PGA and SAG awards. After winning SAG Ensemble, Actress for Michelle Yeoh, Actor in a Supporting Role for Ke Huy Quan and Actress in a Supporting Role for Jamie Lee Curtis—the first film to win four SAG Awards—the charming family action comedy soars. ahead of its Oscar rivals. (Okay, it didn’t get a boost from the BAFTAs. That’s ancient history.) In recent years, both “Parasite” and “CODA” won big at the SAG Awards and eventually won the Oscar for Best Picture.

The SAG Awards brought their own surprise. Beating out BAFTA winner Cate Blanchett, Yeoh will gain momentum in the final Oscar voting, March 2-7. “Shit, damn,” said the 60-year-old overworked actress, who showcased not only her well-known martial arts but also her dramatic and comedic skills in the film. Yeoh became the first Asian actress to win the Best Actress award. “This is not just for me, but for all little girls like me. We love what we do and we never stop because we love it. Thank you for giving me a seat at the table, because so many of us need it, we want to be seen and heard, and tonight, now, that’s possible.”

After losing out to Barry Keoghan at the BAFTAs, Ke Huy Quan tearfully accepted his SAG award, admitting that “it’s a really emotional moment for me. I was recently told that if I won, I would be the first Asian actor to win in this category. This moment also belongs to everyone who asks for change. When I stopped acting, it was because there were so few opportunities. Michelle Yeoh, Stephane Hsu, Hong Chau: the landscape looks so different now. “

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” character actor Curtis, 64, beat out co-star Hsu and BAFTA winner Kerry Condon and “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” star Angela Bassett, who won the Critics Choice Award , but lost the award. BAFTA last week. Curtis, a stunning campaigner for the awards ceremony, fought back tears as she said she was wearing the wedding ring her father Tony Curtis gave her mother Janet Leigh. When they arrived in Hollywood, “they had nothing and became terrible stars in the industry they loved so much. My parents were actors and I married an actor. I love actors.”

A win for “Everything Everywhere” was just a few of the energetic boosts the veterans received during the evening (on the TV side, Sam Elliott won a SAG for “1883”). Jamie Lee Curtis, who was last nominated at SAG in 1995 for “True Lies,” cashed in on her acting chops, as did co-star Michelle Yeoh, who was only previously nominated in 2019 for “Crazy Rich Asians.” ” Despite decades of recognition, none of them were nominated for an Oscar until this year.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 26: Brendan Fraser attends the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on February 26, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Meanwhile, the race for the Best Actor Oscar was wide open. While Austin Butler took home the BAFTA award for Elvis last week, the SAG award for Best Actor went to Critics Choice winner Brendan Fraser for his portrayal of an obese man in The Whale. Referring to Fraser’s own poignant comeback narrative, she said, “If you just stay in and put one foot in front of the other, you’ll get where you need to go.” Fraser won an ensemble SAG award for “Crash” in 2006, but he’s never represented himself at an ensemble awards show.

At the end of the night, as the cast of “Everything Everywhere All at Once” celebrated the night’s top award for the film’s cast, 94-year-old James Hong, who played the grandfather, recalled a time when white people dressed up. as an Asian in Hollywood. “Producers said Asians weren’t good enough and they weren’t a box office hit,” he said. “Now look at us!”

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