We can always count on the Academy Awards to bring the action, and this year’s event was no exception!
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The 95th Academy Awards gave us the ultimate poetic justice for stars like Brendan Fraser and Ke Huy Quan, and it was a year of “it’s about time!” for hardworking stars like Jamie Lee Curtis and Michelle Yeoh. Their wins felt personal for us, and their speeches were a reflection of that connection.
1. Jamie Lee Curtis wins Best Supporting Actress for “Everything Everywhere All At Once.”
Few celebrities have the pedigree that Jamie Lee Curtis has, and she paid tribute to her legendary parents, Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, while accepting the first Oscar of her decades-long career.
“My mother and my father were both nominated for Oscars in different categories,” she said with tears in her eyes, looking towards the ceiling. “I just won an Oscar.”
The fan favorite also thanked the cast and crew, as well as the legions of fans who have supported her career from early on.
“To all of the people who have supported the genre movies that I have made for all of these years, the thousands and hundreds of thousands of people, we just won an Oscar together,” she said.
2. Ke Huy Quan wins Best Supporting Actor for “Everything Everywhere All At Once.”
Some may remember Ke Huy Quan from the movies he made as a young boy, including “The Goonies” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” It’s been a long time since we’ve seen him grace the silver screen, but it was worth the wait!
During his emotional acceptance speech, Ke Huy Quan thanked his mom, who is 84 and watching the event at home. He also mentioned how far he’d come from spending a year in a refugee camp in 1978 after his family fled Vietnam.
“Somehow, I ended up here on Hollywood’s biggest stage,” he said to thunderous applause. “They say stories like this only happen in the movies. I cannot believe it is happening to me. This — this — is the American dream!”
3. Brendan Fraser wins Best Actor for “The Whale.”
Brendan Fraser has been winning accolades throughout awards season for his incredible performance in “The Whale.” As he accepted his first Oscar, Brendan fought back tears while thanking his director, cast, crew, and fellow nominees Austin Butler, Colin Farrell, Paul Mesca, and Bill Nighy.
During his speech, he dropped several nautical metaphors as a nod to his movie’s aquatic title.
“I’m grateful to [director] Darren Aronofsky for throwing me a creative lifeline and hauling me aboard the good ship ‘The Whale,'” he said. “It was written by Samuel D. Hunter, who is our lighthouse.”
He went on to say that after 30 years in the entertainment business, he truly appreciates this honor more than ever. He saved the last few moments of his speech to thank his family.
“It’s been like I’ve been on a diving expedition to the bottom of the ocean,” he explained, “and the air on the line [has come from] some people in my life like my sons Holden and Leland and Griffin — I love you Griffey, my manager JoAnne Colonna, [my publicist] Jennifer Plante and my best first mate Jeanne.”
4. Michelle Yeoh wins Best Actress for “Everything Everywhere All At Once.”
Michelle Yeoh made history at this year’s Oscars! She is only the second Asian actor ever to be nominated in this category, and the first winner!
During her heartfelt speech, Michelle reminded “all the little boys and girls who look like [her]” that her win is a win for everyone.
“This is proof that… dream big, and dreams do come true. And ladies, don’t let anybody tell you you are ever past your prime,” she said. “Never give up.”
She went on to dedicate her award to her mother, and “all the moms in the world, because they are really the superheroes and without them, none of us would be here tonight.”
What an inspiring cast of characters! These talented actors prove that with hard work, perseverance, and patience, anything is possible.
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