Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan Make History at the Oscars


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Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan pictured together after winning their respective Oscar awards.

Michelle Yeoh and Key Huy Quan made history at the 2023 Oscars, bringing home the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor awards respectively. 

Yeoh became the first woman of Asian descent to win Best Actress, snagging the title for her role in the Sci-Fi movie “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” In the film, she plays Evelyn Quan Wang, an overworked laundromat owner who must try to save the world after a multiverse unravels reality. 

In her acceptance speech, she acknowledged the importance of her achievement, dedicating it to “all the little boys and girls who look like me,” adding, “This is history in the making.”

Her co-star, Ke Huy Quan, took home the Best Supporting Actor award for his role as Waymond Wang, Everlyn’s amiable husband, making him the second Asian-American actor to win the award. As a child star, Quan appeared in cult-classic movies such as “The Goonies” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” After struggling to find work, Quan stepped away from acting, working behind the scenes as an assistant director and stunt coordinator. “Everything Everywhere All at Once” marks his successful return to acting after a twenty-year hiatus.

In his acceptance speech, Quan tearfully addressed his eighty-four year-old-mother, watching at home: “Mom, I just won an Oscar!”

In all, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” was nominated for eleven awards — more than any other film at the ceremony. Of those eleven nominations, it won seven, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay.

Quan summed up the excitement of his win best in his acceptance speech, saying, “They say stories like this only happen in the movies… This is the American Dream.”