Everything Everywhere All at Once is since Sunday night at the top of American cinema. Directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the film won at the 95th Academy Awards with seven golden statuettes, including Best Picture, ahead of In the West, nothing new which won four.
Black hole in the shape of a bagel, dildos used as nunchakus, philosopher rocks: the ingredients of this crazy comedy made it on paper a candidate too foldingue for the Academy. But the film ended up establishing itself as the ultra-favorite, collecting the Oscar for best director.
A success in theaters
"Thank you to the Academy. Thanks to studio A24. You saw our strangeness and you supported us for a year," said the film's producer Jonathan Wang upon receiving the statuette. This independent film was also an unexpected success in theaters, with more than $ 100 million in revenue.
This feature film chronicles the adventures of Evelyn Wang, a Chinese-American trader, played by Michelle Yeoh, overwhelmed by her family worries and her troubles with the tax authorities. In the midst of her daily slump, she discovers the existence of parallel universes and is suddenly tasked with saving humanity from an evil force that turns out to be the alter ego of her lesbian and depressed daughter.
A screenplay for Jackie Chan, but rewritten for Michelle Yeoh
This film full of crazy ideas and pop references works because "the only thing left in you is the emotion of love," Michelle Yeoh told the Los Angeles Times. Multicultural, this feature film where the characters alternate between English, Mandarin and Cantonese also offers new perspectives, transforming an ordinary family of Chinese immigrants into superheroes.
The initial script focused on a male protagonist, designed for Jackie Chan. Her rewrite for Michelle Yeoh, another martial arts superstar, gives her a feminist tone, which allowed the Malaysian actress to show the full diversity of her acting and win the Oscar for Best Actress.
The film also brought Vietnamese-born actor Ke Huy Quan, who plays the touching Waymond, Evelyn's husband. Revealed at 12 years old in 1984 in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the actor who had almost given up his profession, for lack of roles, won the Oscar for best supporting actor.
The main awards at the Oscars 2023
Best Film: Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Director: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Actress: Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Actor: Brendan Fraser, The Whale
Best Supporting Actor: Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Supporting Actress: Jamie Lee Curtis, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best International Film: In the West, Nothing New (Germany)
Best Animated Film: Pinocchio
Best documentary: Navalny
Best Original Screenplay: Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Adapted Screenplay: Women Talking