The “Everything Everywhere All at Once” star just won Best Supporting Actor at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
Ke Huy Quan won just about every award he could win in a season for his supporting role in Daniels’ “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” which is likely to win best picture at this year’s Oscars. And he just won Best Supporting Actor at the Film Independent Spirit Awards – which didn’t specify acting categories this year – for his role in the beloved A24. In the film, he plays Waymond Wang, a hilarious counterpart to Michelle Yeoh’s perhaps existentially darker Evelyn Wang, who plays his wife.
Backstage at the Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica on Saturday, Quan was largely unfazed given his wild run through the awards gauntlet, winning the SAG, Critics Choice, BAFTA and many other major awards in recent weeks. . He’s not bored by it at all – in fact, he’s grateful, because the former star of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “The Goonies” now has a lot more opportunities than he would have otherwise.
“I don’t even know how I got here, how it all happened,” he said backstage at the Film Independent event. “It’s an incredible feeling to be here. It’s something I’ve wanted for so long, but I never thought it would ever happen to me. Just during the epidemic, not so long ago, I couldn’t find a job. It’s been so amazing since our film came out… I’m so grateful… I’m so excited every time I come to an event like this and meet so many people I’ve loved and admired for so long.”
Quan revealed earlier this week that he struggled so much professionally, even after finishing “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” that lost health insurance until recently.
He also took time behind the scenes of the Independent Spirit Awards to appreciate the many craftsmen who work behind the scenes on films that are often forgotten — roles that the inevitable Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner has filled during his long tenure in Hollywood.
“I made the boom. I was an actor-choreographer’s assistant. I was an AD. I even pushed a baby. I did various jobs, Quan said. “I was so impressed by the different departments…it opened my perspective…when I walk on set, I see everyone, I see the production assistants, the unsung heroes. The first to appear, the last to leave. They get paid the least and are always so passionate on set and work so hard. That’s what’s so beautiful. Now I look at it all from a new perspective and I really like it.”
Here are all the 2023 Film Independent Spirit Award winners.
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