Everything Everywhere Makes History at the 2023 Screen Actors Guild Awards
A24’s mind-bending blockbuster, Everything Everywhere All at Once, emerged as the big winner at this year’s Screen Actors Guild awards and Oscar’s frontrunner for best picture, taking home four major awards and breaking the record for most wins for a single film.
The action-adventure swept every category it was nominated in and won the night’s biggest award for ensemble in a motion picture, female actor for Michelle Yeoh, and both supporting actor awards, for Jamie Lee Curtis and Ke Huy Quan.
Yeoh and Quan who play a married laundromat-owning couple that stole our hearts, made history as the first Asian woman to win the lead actress award, and as the first Asian man to ever win an individual film award at the SAGs.
Yeoh thrilled the crowd with a stirring acceptance speech (with some expletives thrown in for good measure), “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 have shown us that it is possible, and I am grateful, and my mom will be eternally grateful to you.”
A teary Quan also recognised the historic significance of his win with an emotional acceptance, “This is a really emotional moment for me. I was told that if I were to win tonight, I would become the very first Asian actor to win in this category. When I heard this, I quickly realized that this moment no longer belongs to just me. It also belongs to everyone who has asked for change.”This moment no longer belongs to just me, it also belongs to everyone who has asked for change. When I stepped away from acting, it was because there were so few opportunities. Now tonight, here we are, celebrating James Hong, Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Hong Chau, Harry Shum Jr. The landscape looks so different now than before.”
Everything Everywhere and Martic McDonagh’s Academy Awards best picture nominee, The Banshees of Inisherin were also tied for the record for the most nominations at the SAG Awards with five each, matching the number first achieved by Shakespeare in Love in 1998.