Everything everywhere at once announced itself this morning as a serious Oscar threat with 11 nominations, awarded best picture. That includes performing noms for Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis, Stephanie Hsu and Ke Huy Quan. The film also drew nominations for Costume, Original Score, Original Screenplay, Best Original Song, Film Editing and Direction for Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.
The film’s jaw-dropping journey is almost as absurd as its parallel universe storyline. It’s much more than the rare film that premieres at the SXSW festival and finds its way to Oscar nearly a year later. The movie started with AGBO partners Joe & Anthony Russo watching Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert’s Swiss Army Man, the movie starring Paul Dano as a man stranded on a deserted island befriending a corpse – played by Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe with flatulence – as they join forces to return to civilization. The AGBO partners made a blind deal with “The Daniels,” as the film team is known, to do whatever they wanted.
They formed Everything Everywhere All At Once as a vehicle for Jackie Chan. When the action star eventually passed away, they turned to Michelle Yeoh to play the Chinese-American immigrant laundromat owner under IRS audit who must connect to parallel universe versions of herself to fight a powerful being bent on the multiverse to destroy. This will unleash the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s action chops.
Ke Huy Quan, best known for playing Indiana Jones sidekick as a child actor, Stephanie Hsu and
Hip distributor A24 launched the film at SXSW in early March last year, followed shortly by a theatrical release. Despite the ongoing restrictions of the pandemic, the action-and-fun-filled surrealistic adventure became that distributor’s first film to cross the $100 million domestic gross mark.