A24's Everything Everywhere All At Once dominates the Oscars by winning seven awards, including Best Picture.
The 95th Academy Awards have crowned Everything Everywhere All at Once Best Picture.
The madcap multiverse adventure dominated this year’s Oscars, winning seven awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor, in what was a major night for Asian and Asian American representation.
The film also won Best Editing and Best Original Screenplay.
Everything Everywhere All At Once is not your classic Oscar-winning film. It marks a sizeable shift – not only for Asian representation, but because it is also the popular choice, ie: it not only had critical backing but also that of the cinemagoing public. It is the little indie that could and not your average Oscar-bait contender; a delirious and absurdist take on intergenerational trauma, one which utilizes hotdog fingers, rocks, evil bagels, buttplugs and Ratatouille references to comment on existential angst. Above all, it an inventive is an ode to kindness.
Michelle Yeoh has become the first Asian winner of the Best Actress Oscar, and only the second woman of colour ever to win Best Actress - following Halle Berry for Monster's Ball in 2002.
Accepting her statuette, Yeoh, 60, said: "For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities. And ladies don't let anybody tell you that you are ever past your prime."
"I have to dedicate this to all the moms in the world because they are the superheroes, and without them, none of us would be here tonight."
Both Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis won Best Supporting Actor and Actress, with the former becoming the the first Vietnam-born actor to win an Oscar.
"Dreams are something you have to believe in - I almost gave up on mine," he told the audience.
The 51-year-old took a break from acting after rising to fame as a child star in films such as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies.
In an emotional speech, the actor said: "They say stories like this only happen in the movies - I cannot believe it is happening to me. This is the American dream. 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... Thank you so much for welcoming me back."
The Daniels, writer-directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, now stand as the third duo ever to win the Oscar for Best Director. “We want to dedicate this to the mommies,” Scheinert said, adding that dressing in drag as a kid was “a threat to nobody”.
The other main winner of the evening was the Netflix war drama All Quiet on the Western Front, which won four Oscars: Best International Feature, Best Original Score, Best Production Design and Best Cinematography.
It was the first time Germany won the Best International feature since The Lives of Others in 2006.
Elsewhere, Brendan Fraser won Best Actor for his comeback role in The Whale.
The 54-year-old won best actor after years away from the Hollywood spotlight. Thanking the film's director, Fraser said: "I'm grateful to Darren Aronofsky for throwing me a creative lifeline."
"I started in this business 30 years ago, and things didn't come easily to me, but there was a facility that I didn't appreciate at the time until it stopped, and I just wanted to say thank you for this acknowledgement."
The award for Best Documentary Feature went to Navalny, about Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and the events related to his 2020 poisoning.
In his speech, director Daniel Roher dedicated the award to Navalny and political prisoners around the world, saying: "Alexei, the world has not forgotten your vital message to the world."
Navalny's wife, Yulia Navalnaya, added: "Alexei, I am dreaming of the day you will be free and our country will be free, stay strong my love."
An emotional point of the evening was the "In Memoriam" segment, led by an emotional John Travolta, whose Grease co-star Olivia Newton John died in August 2022. Other featured figures included Ray Liotta, Robbie Coltrane, Angela Lansbury, Angelo Badalamenti, James Caan and Burt Bacharach.
The 95th Academy Awards ceremony was a relatively tame affair. Hosted by US chat show host Jimmy Kimmel, the ceremony failed to award any Oscars to the likes of Tár and The Fabelmans, despite six and seven nominations respectively.
Here is the full list of Oscar winners – find below the list the live coverage by Euronews Culture of the entire evening to see how the evening went down.
- Best Picture: Everything Everywhere All at Once
- Best Director: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All at Once)
- Best Lead Actress: Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once)
- Best Lead Actor: Brendan Fraser (The Whale)
- Best Supporting Actress: Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywhere All at Once)
- Best Supporting Actor: Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All at Once)
- Best Film Editing: Everything Everywhere All at Once - Paul Rogers
- Best Cinematography: All Quiet on the Western Front - James Friend
- Best International Feature Film: All Quiet on the Western Front (Germany)
- Best Adapted Screenplay: Women Talking - Sarah Polley
- Best Original Screenplay: Everything Everywhere All at Once - Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
- Best Documentary Feature Film: Navalny - Daniel Roher, Odessa Rae, Diane Becker, Melanie Miller and Shane Boris
- Best Animated Feature Film: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio - Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson, Gary Ungar and Alex Bulkley
- Best Original Song: “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR” - music by M.M. Keeravaani, lyric by Chandrabose
- Best Sound: Top Gun: Maverick - Mark Weingarten, James H. Mather, Al Nelson, Chris Burdon and Mark Taylor
- Best Original Score: All Quiet on the Western Front - Volker Bertelmann
- Best Visual Effects: Avatar: The Way of Water - Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon and Daniel Barrett
- Best Production Design: All Quiet on the Western Front - production design by Christian M. Goldbeck, set decoration by Ernestine Hipper
- Best Costume Design: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - Ruth E. Carter
- Best Makeup and Hairstyling: The Whale - Adrien Morot, Judy Chin and Anne Marie Bradley
- Best Animated Short Film: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse - Charlie Mackesy and Matthew Freud
- Best Documentary Short Film: The Elephant Whisperers - Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga
- Best Live Action Short: An Irish Goodbye - Tom Berkeley and Ross White
Euronews Culture Liveblog of the 95th Oscars:
Everything Everywhere All At Once wins Best Picture!
This is easily one of the least Oscar-baity films to ever win Best Picture and it marks a sizeable shift – not only for Asian representation but because it is also the popular choice – ie: it not only had critical backing but also that of the cinemagoing public.
The film that has dominated the evening.
It's an arthouse film that doubles as an action movie which utilizes hotdog fingers, rocks and evil bagels to comment on existential angst, the absurdist multiverse to explore intergenerational trauma. And above all, it's an ode to kindness.
WINNER: EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE WINS BEST FILM
Here it is - Best Film
- “All Quiet on the Western Front,” Malte Grunert, Producer
- “Avatar: The Way of Water,” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
- “The Banshees of Inisherin,” Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh, Producers
- “Elvis,” Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Gail Berman, Patrick McCormick and Schuyler Weiss, Producers
- “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert and Jonathan Wang, Producers
- “The Fabelmans,” Kristie Macosko Krieger, Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner, Producers
- “Tár,” Todd Field, Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert, Producers
- “Top Gun: Maverick,” Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie, David Ellison and Jerry Bruckheimer, Producers
- “Triangle of Sadness,” Erik Hemmendorff and Philippe Bober, Producers
- “Women Talking,” Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Frances McDormand, Producers
Everything Everywhere All At Once will win now - and that will bring their wins up to 7 (out of 11 nominations).
Brendan Fraser wins Best Actor Oscar in career comeback
WINNER: Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All At Once) - Best Actress
Michelle Yeoh wins her first Oscar and becomes the first ever woman who identifies as Asian to ever win the Best Actress Oscar.
"Ladies, don't let anyone ever tell you you are past your prime! Don't ever give up!"
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
- Cate Blanchett (“Tár”)
- Ana de Armas (“Blonde”)
- Andrea Riseborough (“To Leslie”)
- Michelle Williams (“The Fabelmans”)
- Michelle Yeoh (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”)
It's a two-way race between Michelle Yeoh and Cate Blanchett. Both are deserving, but Blanchett's is the superior performance.
WINNER: Brendan Fraser (The Whale) - Best Actor
Well, Hollywood loves a comeback story and the Brennaissance is now complete!
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
- Austin Butler (“Elvis”)
- Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”)
- Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”)
- Paul Mescal (“Aftersun”)
- Bill Nighy (“Living”)
I'm betting it's Fraser, but would be happy with Farrell. Butler would be a stretch but he has an outside shot.
Three more awards left: Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Picture.
I think it's safe to say that Everything Everywhere All At Once will win, but Best Actor and Actress could yield some surprises...
It would be a shame if Tár - the best film of the bunch, let's face facts - doesn't win anything (Cate Blanchett is its only hope) and it looks like The Fabelmans is going to go home without any statuettes.