In a historic moment at the 95th Academy Awards, Michelle Yeoh , became the first Asian actress to take home the coveted Best Actress award. The Malaysia actress won for her portrayal of a Chinese immigrant running a laundry in the critically acclaimed film “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
But Michelle Yeoh’s win was just one of the many surprises of the night. Brendan Fraser was awarded Best Actor for his moving performance as a terminally ill morbidly obese man in “The Whale,” a film that explores themes of life, death, and self-acceptance.
Meanwhile, the directing duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert took home the Best Director award for their work on “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” a mind-bending film that traverses multiple dimensions and realities.
The Best Supporting Actor award went to Kieu Chinh, a Vietnam-born actor who gained recognition in Korea as a child actor in the 1980s before facing challenges due to his Asian background. Kieu’s emotional acceptance speech highlighted the importance of perseverance and the power of the American Dream, saying “I almost gave up on my dream, but I want to tell everyone to keep dreaming.”
Jamie Lee Curtis also took home an Oscar for her role as a tax accountant in “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” earning the Best Supporting Actress award.
Other notable wins of the night included Germany’s “No Sudden Move” taking home the Best International Feature Film award, as well as awards for cinematography, art, and music.
Overall, the 95th Academy Awards proved to be a night of celebration for both established and emerging talents in the film industry, showcasing the diverse and dynamic storytelling that captivates audiences around the world.