Every year, the Oscars attempts to crown the best films, actors and actresses based on work that released that same year. Sometimes they hit the nail right on the head with their selections, while on other occasions they leave viewers confused with their seemingly outlandish choices as to who or what film is deserving of a certain award. In fact, they’ve seen a substantial amount of scrutiny in the past few years for exhibiting a discerning lack of diversity that often saw films and individuals win awards that the majority of viewers they simply do not agree with. This year that wasn’t the case however, as the A24 film Everything Everywhere All at Once dominated this years awards ceremony and made for a historic night as they set a few records in the process.
Everything Everywhere All at Once premiered in theaters in March of last year and left audiences in awe with its incredibly unique approach to telling its story. The film was both absurd and surreal in a way that many movies dare not to even try in fear of leaving audiences confused, but A24 seemingly pushed those fears aside in hopes of making a memorable project. Given their success at the Oscars last night, thats exactly what they did as Everything Everywhere All at Once won seven of the eleven total awards it was nominated for making it only the sixth film in Oscars history to win so many awards. In the process, it also became the first Sci-Fi film to ever win Best Picture, saw Michelle Yeoh be the first Asian woman to win the Best Actress Award, racked up the most acting awards ever by a single film as Ke Huy Quan won Best Supporting Actor and Jamie Lee Curtis won Best Supporting Actress, and saw Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert become the first non-sibling directing duo to win the award for Best Director. The saying goes “you reap the benefits of what you sew,” and A24 ventured to deliver an incredibly complex and bizarre film that ultimately saw them cement their place in Oscars history as it broke many records and is widely considered to be a masterpiece amongst moviegoers. If you haven’t already, you should definitely go check out Everything Everywhere All at Once and witness firsthand exactly why it was so deserving of so many awards this past weekend.
A24 has produced a number of films that are beloved by fans at this point, but none have amassed the success that Everything Everywhere All at Once achieved last night. Despite venturing deep into the world of surrealism, the film struck a chord with audiences in a way most films and filmmakers simply wish they could yet fail to do no matter how hard they try. Though it may be a new year, audiences aren’t likely to forget about Everything Everywhere All at Once anytime soon.