After receiving an Oscar for his performance in Everything, Everywhere, All at Once, Ke Huy Quan was overcome with emotion and departed the Dolby Theatre in tears. The odds were in Quan’s favor, and he ended up taking home the trophy for Best Supporting Actor.
He triumphed over fellow candidates Judd Hirsch (The Fabelmans), Brian Tyree Henry (Causeway), and Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan, who were both cast in The Banshees of Inisherin. During his statement, Quan, who was visibly moved by his emotions, acknowledged the people in his life who had assisted him in arriving at his current position.
“My mom is 84 years old and she’s at home watching. Mom, I just won an Oscar!” the Vietnamese-born actor began his speech. “My journey started on a boat. I spent a year in a refugee camp, and somehow I ended up here, on Hollywood’s biggest stage.”
“They say stories like this only happens in the movies. I cannot believe it’s happening to me. This, this is the American dream!” Quan said. “Thank you so much to the academy for this honor of a lifetime. Thank you to my mom for the sacrifices she made to get me here. To my little brother, David, who calls me every day just to remind me to take good care of myself. I love you brother!”
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The actor continued on by expressing his gratitude to the other members of the film’s cast and crew, including Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, as well as co-stars Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis.
After that, he paid a particular tribute to his former co-star in The Goonies, Jeff Cohen, who is now working as an attorney in the entertainment industry. It is also said that he assisted Quan in negotiating his contract for the very picture for which he was awarded an Academy Award.
“[Thank you] to my Goonies brother for life: Jeff Cohen,” he said of his pal. hen Quan thanked his wife, he did it with an extremely sincere spirit.
“I owe everything to the love of my life, my wife, Echo, who month after month, year after year for 20 years told me that one day, one day my time will come. Dreams are something you have to believe in. I almost gave up on mine. For everyone out there, please keep your dreams alive! Thank you so much for welcoming me back. I love you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
The victory of Quan represents one of the most impressive turnarounds in the history of Hollywood. In the 1980s, he began his career as a child actor, playing in movies like “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984) and “The Goonies” (1985), both of which were huge box office successes.
A number of award ceremonies, including the Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, all recognized Quan for his performance as Waymond Wang in Everything, Everywhere, All at Once. These honors helped Quan prepare for the big night.
Earlier this month, when speaking about the years-long path it took to get to the Oscars, Quan lauded directors like Steven Spielberg for giving him a leg up in the profession as a young Chinese actor. Spielberg was one of the directors who helped Quan get his start.
He told Yahoo Entertainment-
“If you look back, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were the first ones to put an Asian kid in a big movie in a big role”
“Over the years, so many people have come up to me and said, ‘I wanted to be you when I was growing up.’”
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