Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s Everything Everywhere All at Once took the world by storm upon its release. The film was highly praised by both critics and audiences for what it brought to the table. The Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan starrer is finally sowing the fruits of its hard work thanks to the award season.
Aside from blowing our minds, the film is reaching new milestones, becoming the most-awarded film ever. The Everything Everywhere All at Once team probably needs a whole warehouse to keep its awards in a single place. After all, it’s not easy to keep track of them all thanks to the speed with which they keep coming in. Now, Everything Everywhere All at Once has successfully broken the record of yet another classic, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
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Everything Everywhere All at Once Makes History
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The 95th Academy Awards are yet to happen, which means that Everything Everywhere All at Once most probably might have to make room for more trophies. The film has a total of eleven Oscar nominations to its name, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Michelle Yeoh, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Ke Huy Quan, Best Original Screenplay, and so on. Things have been going really well for the ensemble as Quan also made History at the Screen Actors Guild Awards by becoming the first Asian male to get nominated for a film award.
And now, even before the Oscars have happened, Everything Everywhere All at Once has already broken the record of The Return of the King to become the most-awarded film ever with a total of 158 major accolades to its name, according to IGN. While this number just takes major accolades into consideration, the total count of Everything Everywhere All at Once also beats The Return of the King. While the latter has 213 awards and 337 nominations, the former flaunts a total of 336 awards and 691 nominations. The number is only going to increase thanks to the Oscars!
While the award season has been nothing but kind to Yeoh and Quan, his win comes amidst the controversy Yeoh has seemingly found herself in.
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Michelle Yeoh Finds Herself in a Controversy
On March 7, just a few days before the Oscars, Yeoh took to her Instagram to share photos of a Vogue article. The article is titled, “It’s Been Over Two Decades Since We’ve Has a Non-White Best Actress Winner. Will That Change in 2023?” The post shared by Yeoh was captioned, “This is not just for me, this is for every little girl that looks like me…We want to be seen. We want to be heard.”
While it seems like Yeoh just had innocent intentions behind the post, she might have broken one of the Academy’s rules. The article which she shared screenshots of, mentions the name of another Best Actress nominee for 2023, Cate Blanchett. Nominees are not allowed to reference their competition in a negative light. The rule states,
“Ads, mailings, websites, social media (including Facebook and Twitter) or any other forms of public communication by anyone directly associated with an eligible film attempting to cast a negative or derogatory light on a competing film or achievement will not be tolerated…In particular, any tactic that singles out the competition by name or title is expressly forbidden.”
Even if Yeoh did not have the intention to break this rule, could it affect the actress’ eligibility? We would hate to see that happen! The Instagram post, however, was taken down by her just a few hours after she posted it. It looks like there might have been some troubles behind the scenes.
The 95th Academy Awards can be watched live on ABC on March 12, at 8:00 pm ET.