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The title that dominated the night of the Oscars (THE GALLERY WITH ALL THE WINNERS) is Everything Everywhere All At Once. The film by the directorial duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert obtained seven awards out of eleven nominations, touching pokerissimo in the five most prestigious categories (it won Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actress and only missed Best Actor protagonist) and writing a piece of cinema history with iconic moments (Michelle Yeoh first Asian actress awarded as best protagonist) and touching moments (Ke Huy Quan’s speech). If you want to know more about this film that marked the film season, you just have to read the article.
First of all let’s talk about the 2022 film written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, under the pseudonym Daniels.
It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 11, 2022. On March 25, 2022, it was released by A24 in the United States, then released on March 30, 2022 in select IMAX theaters in the United States for one night only. The film was not released in most of the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, due to censorship related to LGBTQ+ issues in those countries.
In Italy it is distributed by I Wonder Pictures starting from 6 October 2022. After the success achieved at the 2023 Golden Globes, the film was again distributed in Italian theaters starting from 2 February 2023. The same applies to the nominations for the Oscars (well 11, a record), which caused the film to return to the bills in some selected cinemas.
It crossed the $100 million mark worldwide
July 31st Everything Everywhere All At Once surpassed the $100 million mark worldwide, becoming the first independent film to do so after the pandemic (and in the history of A24, the independent film studio that has been giving us incredible masterpieces in recent years, including the film that won the Academy Award for Best Actor and Best Makeup, The Whale).
Botte da orbi, multiverses and homages to Hong Kong cinema
Everything Everywhere All At Once it’s a huge cauldron into which the Daniels have poured many, many ingredients of entertainment.
From orbi beatings – as they say – to the much-popular multiverses, from homages to Hong Kong cinema to comic book quotes, from positive and anti-racist messages to humour, the film directed by the Daniels and produced by the Russo brothers ne it shows some beauty.
Michelle Yeoh is the film’s first lady (literally)
Lasting two hours and 19 minutes, Everything Everywhere All At Once has Michelle Yeoh as its great protagonist. The actress born in Malaysia in 1962 started out as a dancer, to then become a star of Hong Kong action movies from the 1980s and 1990s (she often acted alongside a true icon of Hong Kong cinema: Jackie Chan) .
Yeoh is one of Hollywood’s brightest stars today (she even played the film’s Bond Girl Tomorrow never dies of 1997, maximum consecration, almost like having a star on the Walk of Fame, that’s it).
Michelle Yeoh won one of the seven statuettes that went to the film, the one for Best Actress, making her the first Asian actress to do so in the history of the Academy. Two more actresses from Everything Everywhere All At OnceJamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu, were nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category, with the award going to the former.
Also starring Ke Huy Quan, “Data” of the Goonies
Another cast member of Everything Everywhere All At Once who won the Oscar (Best Supporting Actor) is Ke Huy Quan. Let’s talk about the legendary American actor of Vietnamese origin who played Short Round in the film IIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Richard “Data” Wang ne The Goonies (1985). In short, a living legend.
Here he plays Waymond Wang, the husband of the protagonist Evelyn Quan Wang (Michelle Yeoh). For his portrayal of him, he is nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor, as well as having won the Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild Award and the Chicago Film Critics Association, among others.
Michelle Yeoh’s WIN makes Oscar history
Michelle Yeoh, Malaysian actress, had already made history with her nomination in the Best Actress category, but on the night of March 13th she updated her record. After being the first Asian actress nominated in this category, she immediately became the first recipient of the award as well.
In truth, there would be objection at least to the primacy for the nomination: in 1936, in fact, Merle Oberon was nominated for The Dark Angel. However, the actress born in Bombay in 1911 (and died in 1979) had always kept her Indian roots hidden, due to the dominant racism in classic Hollywood. So let’s say that this is the first time that an Asian actress (proudly Asian, who would never hide it here) is nominated in the Best Actress category. No discussion on the other hand about the primacy for the prize received.
And, just to make a bit of gossip, Michelle Yeoh is the partner of Jean Todd, former CEO of Ferrari.
A title referring to multiverses: “everything, everywhere, at once”
Everything Everywhere All At Once literally means “everything, everywhere, at once” and refers to the Multiverses in which the protagonist moves. Michelle Yeoh plays Evelyn Quan Wang, a Chinese-American laundromat owner who finds herself saving the world. Evelyn is trying to keep his life together, as well as her ramshackle family, but in the meantime she must jump between various parallel universes to save the world. It is in fact a multiverse comedy, very popular lately.
Everything Everywhere All At Once mixes various genres: comedy, adventure, action, sci-fi and fantasy are mixed and remixed together.
A Chinese-American couple with a laundromat
In San Fernando, a city in the county of Los Angeles in California, live Evelyn (Michelle Yeoh) and her husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan). They are a Chinese-American married couple who run a laundromat. They will have to go to the tax office because it seems they have evaded the tax.
Pressed by the questions of the clerk (played by a superb Jamie Lee Curtis, nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress), Evelyn will suddenly find herself thrown into another dimension. And it is here that a space-time alter ego of her husband Waymond will explain to her that she can move in the multiverse. She not only she “can” but needs to: Evelyn will have to try to defeat an evil force that threatens the survival of the entire world.
Very divided reviews
The film was received positively by critics. On the aggregator Rotten Tomatoes received 95% positive reviews with an average rating of 8.6 out of 10 based on 368 reviews, while on Metacritics scored 81 out of 100 based on 54 reviews.
However, many British and Italian critics have proved very divided regarding the reviews of the film. We go from defining it as an absolute masterpiece to dismissing it as “crazy bullshit”, in short, without half measures.
ALL EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE OSCARS ALL AT ONCE
Eleven nominations and seven awards. The film won statuettes for Best Picture, Best Director (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), Best Original Screenplay (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), Best Actress (Michelle Yeoh), Best Supporting Actress (Jamie Lee Curtis), Best Supporting Actor (Ke Huy Quan), Best Editing (Paul Rogers). The other four nominations came in the categories of Best Supporting Actress (Stephanie Hsu), Best Costume Design (Shirley Jurata), Best Score (Son Lux) and Best Song (This is Life by Ryan Lott, David Byrne and Mitski).
The movie props auction
An auction of 43 props and costumes used on the film set Everything Everywhere All At Once was held by the film studio that produced the film, A24. THE props and the auctioned clothes raised more than 500,000 dollars, which will be donated to charities.
They literally sold out 43 props and costumes. Among the auctioned items are actress Michelle Yeoh’s frankfurter-shaped fingers: Yeoh’s character’s now-legendary prosthetic hand sold for $55,000.
The racoon doll nicknamed Raccacoonie and the rock with googly eyes were also part of the auction. The raccoon puppet was the most wanted lot of all. It appears in one of the many universes contemplated in the film, when it is discovered that the raccoon helps a chef cook (this is a clear reference to the Pixar film Ratatouille). Whoever took home the Raccacoonie puppet paid out a good 90,000 dollars.
43 props and costumes sold like hot cakes
An “auditor of the month” trophy – shaped like a sex toy – belonging to IRS bureaucrat played by Jamie Lee Curtis has sold for $60,000. And again: the cherry lip balm used by Evelyn’s husband Waymond, played by Ke Huy Quan, sold for $5,000, while the Wang family’s RV sold for $11,000. The buyer was warned in the lot description that the vehicle is “not currently street legal” and that it “needs a new drivetrain, engine, tires and some serious maintenance on the inside.” But that wasn’t enough to dissuade him from buying…
A rock with googly eyes glued to it — part of a pivotal scene in the film — sold for $13,200. “It’s not because it’s a rock,” she told the New York Times Jason Kisvarday, the film’s production designer. “It’s because of how many people have seen this rock, they’re excited about this rock. It means something to them.” He added that he was surprised at the sale price of some of the lots. for that kind of thing after a movie comes out,” admitted the production designer of Everything Everywhere All At Once.
The auction lasted one week and ended on Thursday 2 March 2023.