Everything Everywhere All At Once has cemented its status as the Oscars frontrunner after several big wins at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.
The multiverse adventure won best film cast at the ceremony, while several of its stars were individually recognised.
Michelle Yeoh was named best actress, beating frontrunner Cate Blanchett.
“This is not just for me, it’s for every little girl who looks like me,” Yeoh said in her emotional acceptance speech.
Her co-star Ke Huy Quan became the first Asian winner of best supporting actor, while there was a shock win for his co-star Jamie Lee Curtis in the supporting actress category.
Everything Everywhere All At Once follows a laundrette owner – played by Yeoh – who must tap into different versions of herself from the multiverse in order to save the world.
The sci-fi adventure’s victory gives it significant momentum ahead of the Oscars on 12 March, and indicates it is the clear frontrunner to win best picture. Its four SAG awards are the most ever won by single film.
There was only one winner in SAG’s film acting categories who was not from Everything Everywhere All At Once – Brendan Fraser was named best actor for his performance in The Whale.
Jamie Lee Curtis, James Hong and Michelle Yeoh accept the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award for “Everything Everywhere All at Once” onstage during the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on February 26, 2023 in Los Angeles, California
Veteran actor James Hong, 94, said the film has proved Asian stars can achieve box office success
Jeanne Morre (L) with Brendan Fraser as he holds his award for Make Actor in a Leading Role for The Whale during the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award, held at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles on February 26th, 2023
The Whale’s Brendan Fraser (pictured with partner Jeanne Morre) was the only film acting winner not from Everything Everywhere All At Once
In her speech, Yeoh told the audience – which was largely made up of fellow actors – that “we’re here because we love what we do, we will never stop doing what we do”.
“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,” she said.
The prize for best film cast is seen as the top honour at the SAG Awards in the absence of a best picture category. Winners at the annual ceremony, held in Los Angeles, are voted for by other actors.
Veteran actor James Hong, 94, who plays Yeoh’s father in Everything Everywhere, gave a comical acceptance speech, in which he vowed to return to the ceremony when he was 100 years old.
“I got my first SAG card 70 years ago. Back in those days… producers said that Asians were not good enough and they are not box office – but look at us now,” he said to cheers from the audience.
The film’s SAG honour was the second major accolade it achieved this weekend. On Saturday, it won the top prize at the Producers Guild of America (PGA) Awards, another valuable indicator of Academy Awards success.
Jamie Lee Curtis accepts the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role award for “Everything Everywhere All at Once” onstage during the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on February 26, 2023 in Los Angeles, California
Jamie Lee Curtis made light of the recent “nepo baby” debate in her acceptance speech
In her own acceptance speech, Curtis said: “I love acting, I love the job we get to do, I love being a part of a crew, part of a cast, I love what we do with each other, it’s such a beautiful job… what a dream.”
Curtis, who is the daughter of two actors, Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, also made light of the recent “nepo baby” online debate about stars who arguably had an advantage in their careers because they have famous parents.
“I know you look at me and think ‘well, nepo baby, that’s why she’s there’, and I get it,” Curtis said. “But the truth of the matter is, I’m 64 years old and this is just amazing.” The actress had also referred to herself as a “nepo baby” earlier in the ceremony.
Her victory, together with that of Kerry Condon at last week’s Baftas, casts significant doubt over the supporting actress category ahead of the Oscars. Wakanda Forever’s Angela Bassett had previously been considered the most likely winner.
Curtis’s co-star Ke Huy Quan scored a historic victory as he was named best supporting actor, becoming the first Asian actor to win the prize.
“When I heard that, I quickly realised that this moment no longer belongs to just me. It also belongs to everyone who has asked for change,” Quan said as he collected his trophy. “This is a really emotional moment for me.”
Ke Huy Quan accepts the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role award for Everything Everywhere All at Once onstage at the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Fairmont Century Plaza on February 26, 2023 in
Ke Huy Quan became the first Asian to win best supporting actor
Quan rose to fame as a child star in films such as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, but he took a break from acting later in his career until returning with Everything Everywhere All At Once.
“When I stepped away from acting, it’s because there were so few opportunities,” he said. “And yet here we are tonight, the landscape looks so different now than before. Thank you to everyone who contributed to these changes.”