‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ dominates at SAG Awards

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The improbable awards play juggernaut "Everything Everywhere All astatine Once" marched connected astatine nan Screen Actors Guild Awards connected Sunday, and moreover gathered steam pinch wins not conscionable for champion ensemble, Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan but besides for Jamie Lee Curtis.

The SAG Awards, often an Oscar preview, threw immoderate curve balls into nan Oscars title successful a ceremonial streamed unrecorded connected Netflix's YouTube page from Fairmont Century Plaza successful Los Angeles.

But nan clearest consequence of nan SAG Awards was nan overwhelming occurrence of Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert's madcap multiverse tale, which has now utilized its hotdog fingers to snag apical honors from nan acting, directing and producing guilds. Only 1 movie ("Apollo 13") had won each 3 and not gone connected to triumph champion image astatine nan Oscars.


After truthful overmuch of nan formed of "Everything Everywhere All astatine Once" had already been connected nan shape to judge awards, nan night's last infinitesimal belonged to 94-year-old James Hong, a supporting subordinate successful nan movie and a trailblazer for Asian American practice successful Hollywood. He brought up nan ignoble yellowface history of nan 1937 movie "The Good Earth."

"The starring domiciled was played pinch these guys pinch their eyes taped up for illustration this and they talked for illustration this because nan producers said nan Asians were not bully capable and they were not container office," said Hong. "But look astatine america now!"

Hong added that nan formed of "Everything Everywhere All astatine Once" wasn't each Chinese, though he granted Jamie Lee Curtis had a bully Chinese name. Curtis' triumph was 1 of nan astir astonishing of nan night, coming complete nan longtime favorite, Angela Bassett ("Black Panther: Wakanda Forever"), who had seemed to beryllium connected a clear way to becoming nan first character to triumph an Oscar for a capacity successful a Marvel movie.

Harry Shum Jr., from backmost left, Jenny Slate, Tallie Medel, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh, Brian Le, Andy Le, from beforehand left, James Hong, and Jamie Lee Curtis airs pinch nan grant for "Everything Everywhere All astatine Once," astatine nan 29th yearly Screen Actors Guild Awards connected Feb. 26, 2023.

Harry Shum Jr., from backmost left, Jenny Slate, Tallie Medel, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh, Brian Le, Andy Le, from beforehand left, James Hong, and Jamie Lee Curtis airs pinch nan grant for "Everything Everywhere All astatine Once," astatine nan 29th yearly Screen Actors Guild Awards connected Feb. 26, 2023. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

A visibly moved Curtis said she was wearing nan wedding ringing her father, Tony Curtis, gave her mother, Janet Leigh.

"I cognize you look astatine maine and deliberation ‘Nepo baby,’" said Curtis, who won successful her first SAG nomination. "But nan truth of nan matter is that I’m 64 years aged and this is conscionable amazing."

The actors guild, though, lent immoderate clarity to nan lead categories. Though immoderate person seen champion character arsenic a flip up betwixt Yeoh and BAFTA victor Cate Blanchett ("Tár"), Yeoh again took location nan grant for champion female lead performance.

"This is not conscionable for me," said Yeoh, nan first Asian character to triumph nan SAG Award for female lead. "It’s for each small woman that looks for illustration me."

Quan, nan erstwhile kid star, besides won for champion supporting antheral actor. The "Everything Everywhere All astatine Once" co-star had near acting for years aft auditions dried up. He's besides nan first Asian to triumph champion antheral supporting character astatine nan SAG Awards.

"When I stepped distant from acting, it was because location were truthful fewer opportunities," said Quan. "Now, coming we are celebrating James Hong, Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Hong Chau, Harry Shum Jr. The scenery looks truthful different now."

Some online commentators suggested location was irony successful Mark Wahlberg, who presented champion ensemble, handing retired nan night’s last grant to a movie pinch a predominantly Asian and Asian American cast. In 1988, a 16-year-old Wahlberg attacked 2 Vietnamese men while trying to bargain brew adjacent his location successful Dorchester, Massachusetts. Wahlberg, who said title wasn’t a facet successful nan assault, served 45 days of a two-year sentence. Wahlberg besides announced nan movie "Women Talking" arsenic "Women Are Talking."


Best character has been 1 of nan hardest races to call. Austin Butler ("Elvis"), Brendan Fraser ("The Whale") and Colin Farrell ( "The Banshees of Inisherin" ) person each been seen arsenic imaginable winners. But it was Fraser who went location pinch nan SAG Award for his comeback capacity arsenic an obese shut-in successful "The Whale."

"Believe me, if you conscionable enactment successful location and put 1 ft successful beforehand of nan other, you'll get wherever you request to go," said Fraser, who anxiously eyed nan actor-shaped trophy and near nan shape saying he was going to spell look for immoderate pants for him.

The SAG Awards are considered 1 of nan astir reliable Oscar bellwethers. Actors dress up nan biggest percent of nan movie academy, truthful their choices person nan largest sway. Last year, "CODA" triumphed astatine SAG earlier winning champion image astatine nan Oscar s, while Ariana DeBose, Will Smith, Jessica Chastain and Troy Kotsur each won astatine a SAG Award earlier taking location an Academy Award.

After nan SAG Awards, presented by nan movie and tv acting guild SAG-AFTRA, mislaid their broadcast location astatine TNT/TBS, Netflix signed connected to watercourse Sunday's ceremony. Next year's show will beryllium connected Netflix, proper.

Sunday’s livestream meant a somewhat scaled-down vibe. Without a broadcast clip limit, winners weren’t played off. A regal and unbothered Sam Elliott, victor for antheral character successful a TV movie aliases constricted bid for "1883," said good past his allotted time. The show sped done early winners, including awards for Jean Smart ("Hacks"), Jeremy Allen White ("The Bear") and Jason Bateman ("Ozark").

Another streaming effect: No bleeping.


Quinta Brunson and Janelle James of "Abbott Elementary" kicked disconnected nan ceremonial pinch a fewer opening jokes, including 1 that suggested Viola Davis, a caller Grammy winner, is beyond EGOT position and has transcended into "ShEGOTallofthem."

Brunson later returned to nan shape pinch nan formed of "Abbott Elementary" to judge nan SAG grant for champion ensemble successful a drama series. Brunson, nan sitcom's creator and 1 of its producers, said of her castmates, "These group bring maine backmost down to Earth."

"The White Lotus" besides took a triumph lap, winning champion ensemble successful a play bid and different triumph for Jennifer Coolidge, coming disconnected her wins astatine nan Emmys and nan Golden Globes. A teary-eyed Coolidge traced her emotion of acting to a first-grade travel to spot a Charlie Chaplin film. She past thanked her date, a longtime friend, nan character Tim Bagley.

"You're a awesome day tonight," said Coolidge. "I can't hold until we get home."

The ceremony's first grant went to a victor from past year: Jessica Chastain. A twelvemonth aft winning for her lead capacity successful nan movie "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," Chastain won champion female character successful a TV movie aliases constricted bid for Showtime's state euphony powerfulness mates bid "George & Tammy." Chastain jetted successful from previews connected nan upcoming Broadway revival of "A Doll's House."

One grant was announced up of nan show from nan reddish carpet: "Top Gun: Maverick" won for champion stunt ensemble. Though immoderate person shouted that blockbusters for illustration "Maverick" and "Avatar: The Way of Water" are champion image nominees astatine this year's Oscars, nan indie smash "Everything Everywhere All astatine Once" progressively looks for illustration nan biggest blockbuster astatine this year's Academy Awards.