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🍵 Asian wins at the Oscars

To: SharkBites Readers

Date: March 13, 2023


Hello, everyone! 

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. 

EEAAO cast
In Other Asian News 🗞
  • Kenzaburo Oe, a renowned Japanese author and Nobel Prize winner known for his pacifist views, has died at the age of 88 due to "old age," according to his publisher Kodansha. Oe's writing was heavily influenced by his childhood memories, having grown up in Japan after its defeat in World War II. His works often explored the impact of war and the plight of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and he was also an advocate for Japan to relinquish nuclear power following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.
Entertainment 📺
  • “Chang Can Dunk” star Bloom Li spoke with NextShark about how his feature-length movie debut has personally resonated with him as an Asian American actor. The feature film from Disney Plus centers on a marginalized Asian American teen and basketball fan who makes a bet with his school’s all-star basketball player in order to impress his crush and gain the respect of his peers. The bet? Bernard Chang, a 5 ’8”-tall 16-year-old, will make a slam dunk. 
Bloom Li
courtesy of Disney+
What else is on our minds? 🧠
  • A fan compiled hundreds of interviews from Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto. 
  • The Studio Ghibli theme park is running into an issue of men filming themselves groping the characters. 
  • Netflix released the documentary "MH370: The Plane that Disappeared" about the missing Malaysian airlines flight. 
  • The Japanese man who was discovered to only change the bathwater twice a year in his inn has died of suicide.
  • Mukesh Ambani will relaunch a soda brand from the 1970s that rivaled Coca-Cola and Pepsi.

Congrats to all the Oscar winners and nominees!


Daniel Anderson

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