It was a historic night of nominations and wins for Asians at the 95th Academy Awards.
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” (“EEAAO”) won seven Oscars of their 11 nominations, including Best Picture.
Michelle Yeoh also made history at the award ceremony by becoming the first Asian woman since Merle Oberon to win Best Actress. Ke Huy Quan received a standing ovation after winning Best Supporting Actor. Quan is now the second actor of Asian descent to win this award, the first being Haing Ngor, a Chinese Cambodian refugee who won for his role in Roland Joffé’s 1984 film “The Killing Fields.” Outside of acting, the co-directors, the Daniels took home the Best Director award. They also won for Best Original Screenplay. Jamie Lee Curtis won her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and Paul Rogers won for Best Editing for EEAAO.
Hong Chau was a nominee for Best Supporting Actress for “The Whale.” This year marked the first time four Asians were nominated for acting awards at the Oscars. Domee Shi, director of “Turning Red,” was also in attendance with star Rosalie Chiang for their Best Animated Feature nomination.
Aside from EEAAO, Bollywood hit “RRR” won Best Original Song for “Naatu Naatu,” which was also performed at the awards. Stephanie Hsu also performed for “This Is A Life,” which was nominated for Best Original Song. Indian film “The Elephant Whisperers” won for documentary short. Judy Chen, who was a part of the hair and makeup team for “The Whale,” also won.
Some other notable Asian stars in attendance were Donnie Yen, Vanessa Hudgens, Deepika Padukone, and Fan Bingbing, to name a few.