A Cinematic Multiverse: ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ Leads The Pack At The Oscars

With 11 nominations, Everything Everywhere All At Once is the most recognized film at the 95th Academy Awards.

Nominations for this year’s Oscars were announced on Tuesday, January 24. Everything Everywhere All At Once received the most acknowledgements, while All Quiet On The Western Front and The Banshees of Inisherin followed with nine nominations each.

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The Asian-led film was nominated for Best Picture, Original Screenplay, Costume Design, Film Editing, Original Score, and Original Song.

Directing duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert received their first Oscar nomination for Best Director. Michelle Yeoh also received a long-awaited nod for Best Actress, becoming the first Malaysian actress to be nominated in the category.

Ke Huy Quan, who plays Yeoh’s husband in the film, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in what was one of the best acting comebacks in recent years.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu were both nominated for Best Supporting Actress. This is the first Oscar nomination for both actresses, with Curtis being in the industry since the 1970s while Hsu started acting in 2010.

The cast and crew gathered over a Zoom call on Tuesday morning, awaiting the announcement. “It was scary and terrifying!” Yeoh said.

“Jonathan Wang, our producer, was like, ‘We’re all winners, we came this far.’ I was like, ‘F off!’ If I don’t get nominated, I’m not walking out the door for the next year because so many people have said, ‘You’d better get this for us! You’re going to do this!’”

For Yeoh, the nominations showed how much the audience resonated with this genre-bending film with so much heart at the center of it all.

Quan set an alarm to make sure he wouldn’t miss the Zoom call. “For years I watched the Oscars and imagined what it was like to be on the red carpet, to be in that room, to be nominated,” he said.

He now gets to celebrate his achievements since he took a break from acting after starring in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies when he was just a child.

Meanwhile, Hsu was on a flight back to Los Angeles from Australia when she received news of her nomination, where she rewatched the film to relive and reflect on the experience of making it. “This movie is the most honest handshake I could make with Hollywood,” Hsu said. 

“To be an artist is a huge responsibility because you have the power to be in communication with a mass amount of people. So make art that is surprising. Make art that leads us to heal each other and ourselves, and hopefully guide us towards a better humanity.”

Their film has undoubtedly done all that and more, with these awards being “the cherry on the cake,” as Yeoh said.

Banner photo via Instagram @everythingeverywheremovie.

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