History was made at the SAG Awards show as Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan tearfully accepted their SAG statues for the breakout film, Everything Everywhere All at Once. This marked the first time in SAG Awards history for Asian actors to win Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. The film had garnered a total of four wins from the night; another impressive accolade added to its extensive list of awards from the start of this year.
Praised for its brilliance of captivating twists and turns, elaborate martial arts, and sci-fi multi-verse adventures, it’s no surprise that the film had grossed over $106 million worldwide – from a budget of $25 million. Since its initial release in 2022, Everything Everywhere All at Once has amassed a total of 158 awards, later recognized as the most awarded film in history to date. Several of the huge wins included Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTA, Critic’s Choice Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, and the list continues.
The SAG Awards served to be yet another celebratory occasion for the cast with many memorable moments throughout the night. Jamie Lee Curtis accepted her award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role and spoke fervently on her love for acting, and on the impact Michelle had on her accepting the role of ‘Deirdre.’ Ke Huy Quan gave a heartfelt, inspirational speech on how pivotal this moment was for him as an Asian actor and encouraged those struggling in the industry to “please keep on going because the spotlight will one day find you."
At one point, Michelle Yeoh dropped the F-bomb during her acceptance speech from a moment of sheer disbelief. "This is not just for me; this is for every little girl that looks like me. Thank you for giving me a seat at the table because so many of us need this. We want to be seen, we want to be heard, and tonight you've shown us that it is possible, and I'm grateful.” The night evoked waves of emotions with each win and by the end of it, it signified something much greater than merely being another sci-fi adventure hit.
As the cast joined together on stage to receive their SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture, James Hong (a 94-year-old veteran actor) recounts the disheartening prejudice in the film industry during the 1930s. “The leading role (The Good Earth) was played by these guys with their eyes taped up like this and they talk like-ah this because the producer said the Asians were not good enough, and they are not box office-[worthy]. But look at us now, huh!” Undoubtedly, the box office hit has signaled a remarkable movement in Hollywood history for all Asian American actors, and hopefully will inspire many more generations to come.