By Frankie Dulatre
Everything, Everywhere. All at Once was released to theaters on March 11, 2022, with most reviews on the movie being positive and the movie has received high rankings on multiple ratings. The movie has 95% on rotten tomatoes, and an eight out of ten on IMDb. A positive review online from Declan Conlon says ‘ATTENTION ALL! Go see “Everything, Everywhere, All At Once”: an insanely enjoyable, absurd, hilarious, profound, ridiculous, satirical, reverential, emotional, exuberantly weird & brilliantly clever, love-filled film’.
As the film started getting nominations, actor Michelle Yeoh, who played Evelyn Quan Wang, got nominated for ‘Best Actress’ and became the first Asian woman to win an Oscar in the category of ‘Best Actress’. As Yeoh went up to receive the film’s third major award, in her speech she decided to inspire all small and starting actors alike, “For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities,” stated Yeoh in her speech, “This is proof that dreams, dream big, and dreams do come true. And ladies, don’t let anybody tell you you’re ever past your prime.”.
But this movie was also the return of iconic actor Ke Huy Quan, who is mostly known for playing as Data in The Goonies, and Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Quan had received eighty one nominations for his performance as Waymond Quan in the movie and won sixty six. The award that stuck out the most was winning an Oscar for the ‘Best Supporting Actor’. As speakers of the category, Ariana Debose and Troy Kotsur said Quan’s name, both speakers and Quan got emotional. In Quan’s speech he first thanked his mom, saying that he would not be in America without her and ‘she sacrificed so much’. Quan then started telling his story, how he ‘started this journey on a boat’ and then ‘somehow made it to Hollywood’s biggest stage’. “Dreams are something you have to believe in. I almost gave up on mine,” he said. “To all of you out there, please keep your dreams alive.”
The positive reviews from fans and the hard work that was put in gave the movie 404 total nominations and won 264 awards from academies ranging from the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards, Oscars, etc. This movie may have received many awards, but the movie also made history. The movie became the most nominated film beating the Lord of the Rings movie series and during the Oscars, it made history by becoming one of the most awarded films, receiving seven Oscars, beating the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire.