Saturday, January 21, 2023

'Everything Everywhere All at Once' — part 2 of diversity in awards show winners for the week of MLK Day

For part 2 of diversity in awards show winners for MLK Day, I'm writing about the categories "Everything Everywhere All at Once" won at the Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Awards to continue my celebration of diversity in entertainment.

First, "Everything Everywhere All at Once" won Best Picture at the Critics' Choice Awards, beating both of the Golden Globes winners, "The Fabelmans" for Drama and "The Banshees of Inisherin" for Comedy. This sets up a three-way contest for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. While I'm not optimistic about its chances, I'm rooting for "Everything Everywhere All at Once." It seems to be the best received speculative fiction film among entertainment professionals, both critics and creatives with two Golden Globes and five Critics' Choice Awards. "Avatar: The Way of Water" is the main alternative with one Critics' Choice Award for Best Special Effects, two Golden Globes nominations and six Critics' Choice Awards nominations. It's very successful at the box office, in second in the U.S. behind only "Top Gun: Maverick" among films released in 2022 and number one so far during 2023. Blockbusters like that don't win Best Picture, even if they're audience favorites.

Before I move on, my prediction that "'Nope' won't do as well at next year's Academy Awards and WorldCon" as "Dune" still looks good. Despite its win at the Saturn Awards and nominations at the People's Choice Awards, it earned no nominations at either the Golden Globes or Critics' Choice Awards. Its IMDB page lists only three guild nominations for production design, costume design, and hair and makeup. I think it would be lucky to be nominated for one of those at the Oscars.

For the next award, watch as Michelle Yeoh wins Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes from NBC.

Michelle Yeoh accepts the award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture for Everything Everywhere All At Once.
I'm glad Yeoh got the opportunity to finish her acceptance speech, although I'm sure her telling the piano player "Shut up, please. I can can beat you up, O.K., and that's serious" helped. She wasn't kidding. As I wrote last month, "I was even more impressed to watch her do her own stunts in a fight scene. I don't care if its for show; I would not ever want to get in a fight with her, even if I'm twice her size!"

Next, watch as Ke Huy Quan Wins Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture at the Golden Globes from NBC.

Ke Huy Quan accepts the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Everything Everywhere All At Once.
That was just as heartfelt and inspiring speech about overcoming career obstacles as Yeoh's and I'm glad I watched it. He got to make another acceptance speech at the Critics' Choice Awards, as he won Best Supporting Actor there, too.

I'm very optimistic about his chances at the Oscars, as he has also won the equivalent Saturn Award, and has nominations at the BAFTA and SAG Awards. Those are important precursor awards before the Academy Awards.

Follow over the jump for the categories won by people behind the camera at the Critics' Choice Awards for "Everything Everywhere All at Once."

The Daniels (Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) won Best Director at the Critics' Choice Awards. This sets up a running contest with Steven Spielberg, who won the Golden Globe for Best Director. Both of them, along with Todd Field for "Tár," Joseph Kosinski for "Top Gun: Maverick," and Martin McDonagh for "The Banshees of Inisherin," earned nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film at the Directors Guild of America Awards. I expect that field will repeat at the Academy Awards with the possible substitution of James Cameron for "Avatar: The Way of Water."

The final category won by "Everything Everywhere All at Once" at the Critics' Choice Awards was for Best Editing. It's also nominated for Best Editing at the BAFTA Awards, where its competition is "All Quiet on the Western Front," "Elvis," "The Banshees of Inisherin," and "Top Gun: Maverick." The last beat "Everything Everywhere All at Once" at the Saturn Awards, but I'm not sure that means much at the BAFTAs or at the Oscars. Both are competing against a different field and being voted on by a very different electorate. Remember, electorates matter.

I close by congratulating the winners and wishing them and their fellow nominees good luck at upcoming awards shows. I'll get to the other diverse winners and nominees at awards shows presently. In the meantime, stay tuned for a celebration of Lunar New Year.

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