Sunday, March 26, 2023

'Everything Everywhere All at Once' earns seven Academy Awards at a history-making ceremony

For the final Sunday entertainment feature of March, I'm belatedly examining the performance of "Everything Everywhere All at Once" and "RRR" at the Academy Awards, along with other diverse winners. I begin with ABC News ‘Everything Everywhere’ dominates history-making Oscars | Nightline.

The mind-boggling multiverse comedy took home seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Michelle Yeoh became the first Asian woman to win Best Actress.
I'm glad the clip mentioned the second Oscar for Ruth Carter, the first African-American to win two Oscars, Angela Bassett being the first acting nominee for a Marvel movie, and the lack of female director nominees. True, the Motion Picture Academy awarded Euzhan Palcy an honorary Oscar, but it's not the same thing, although I am counting her among diverse honorees. The highest competitive award a woman won behind the camera was Sarah Polley winning Best Adapted Screenplay for "Women Talking." As good as this month's ceremony was for diversity, there is still room for improvement.

"Good Morning America" had a more positive spin in Many celebrating Asian representation at the 95th Academy Awards.

Many are celebrating Sunday night's history-making wins and nominations for Asian actors at the 2023 Academy Awards.
Don't forget Daniel Kwan, who co-produced the "Everything Everywhere All at Once" along with Jonathan Wang, and co-directed and co-wrote the movie with Daniel Scheinert. That four Asians and Asian-Americans winning five of the film's seven Oscars, a record breaking performance.

It was also a good night for Indian films, as "RRR" won Best Original Song and "The Elephant Whisperers" won Best Documentary Short. That's nine Oscars won by Asians and Asian-Americans.

Finally, "Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio" took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature to make Guillermo del Toro for ten awards won by diverse nominees. Congratulations to all the winners!

Follow over the jump for how my predictions fared.

Best Picture: "Everything Everywhere All at Once" — Yes.
Best Director: The Daniels for "Everything Everywhere All at Once" — Yes.
Best Actress: Michelle Yeoh for "Everything Everywhere All at Once" — Yes.
Best Actor: Austin Butler for "Elvis." — No. Brendan Fraser, but I wasn't surprised.
Best Supporting Actress: Angela Bassett for "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" has the pluraliity of expert's picks with thirteen of twenty-nine, but Jamie Lee Curtis from "Everything Everywhere All at Once" has nine and Kerry Condon from "The Banshees of Inisherin" earned seven, including two from Joyce Eng and Christopher Rosen. Bassett won the Golden Globe and Critics' Choice, Curtis won SAG, and Condon won BAFTA. My first choice is Bassett and my second choice would actually be Stephanie Hsu, who earned a nomination at the Saturn Awards while Curtis was snubbed, but I don't think she has a chance over Curtis with the Academy voters. As I say repeatedly about awards shows, electorates matter. Also, Curtis could get carried along with the sentiment for "Everything Everywhere All at Once." — No, but I wasn't surprised, as Curtis was indeed carried along with her movie.
Best Supporting Actor: Ke Huy Quan for "Everything Everywhere All at Once" — Yes.
Best Adapted Screenplay: "Women Talking" — Yes.
Best Original Screenplay: "Everything Everywhere All at Once" is my choice, but it is tied with "The Banshees of Inisherin" close behind with 14 experts picking each. Will the Academy voters want to reward the big winner or spread the wealth? We'll see! — Yes, they rewarded the big winner.
Best Cinematography: "All Quiet on the Western Front" — Yes.
Best Costume Design: "Elvis" — No, but I'm glad to be wrong.
Best Film Editing: "Everything Everywhere All at Once" but my vote for the Saturn Awards, "Top Gun: Maverick," could upset it — Yes.
Best Makeup and Hair: "Elvis" — No, but I'm not surprised.
Best Production Design: "Babylon" — No, and I am surprised. I didn't expect "All Quiet on the Western Front" to be in serious contention.
Best Score: Either "All Quiet on the Western Front" or "Babylon" with "The Fabelmans" as the spoiler. I honestly think I'd have to listen to the music to make my pick — Yes, sort of as "All Quiet on the Western Front" was one of my choices.
Best Song: "Naatu Naatu" from "RRR." I listened to this and easily agreed with the experts — Yes.
Best Sound: "Top Gun: Maverick" — Yes.
Best Visual Effects: "Avatar: The Way of Water" — Yes.
Best Animated Feature: "Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio" — Yes.
Best Documentary Feature: "Navalny" — Yes.
Best International Film: "All Quiet on the Western Front" — Yes.
Best Animated Short Subject: "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse" although it would be funny if "My Year of Dicks" won instead
— Yes.
Best Short Documentary: "The Elephant Whisperers" has a narrow majority with 16 experts picking it, followed by "Stranger at the Gate" with eleven, including both Eng and Rosen, and "The Martha Mitchell Effect" with two. I'd prefer "The Elephant Whisperers," but seeing choose "Stranger at the Gate" makes me less confident. Yes.
Best Short Subject: "Le Pupille" leads "An Irish Goodbye" by two experts' picks, thirteen to eleven. Eng picked "An Irish Goodbye" while Rosen was one of four who picked "The Red Suitcase," so I'll choose "An Irish Goodbye." Yes. I'm glad I listened to Eng.

That's 18 of 23 or 78.3% — not bad and certainly better than my record with the Saturn Awards. Maybe I should try to convince Gold Derby to cover them, too.

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    1. Off-topic and excessive links — too bad I can only deleted your spam once. On the other hand, I'm about to post something about India today. I might be charitable enough to let it stay there — maybe.