Everything Everywhere All at Once swept the Independent Spirit Awards, winning every category it was nominated for.
The 2023 Spirit Awards ceremony took place in Saturday evening at a tent near the pier in Santa Monica, California. The ceremony was hosted by comedian Hasan Minhaj, who did not hold back with his jokes. He quipped that the awards show was not interesting enough to be broadcast on TV like in previous years when it was shown on the Independent Film Channel.
“Let me reiterate how bad this is,” Minhaj said, according to The Los Angeles Times. “The Independent Film Channel did not want the Independent Film Awards.”
Everything Everywhere All at Once won seven total awards that night, including: Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best editing. The film also swept the acting categories, which were gender neutral for the first time this year.
Stephanie Hsu won Best Breakthrough Performance for her role in the film. She took off her shoes and ran onstage to accept her award.
“I came from the world of downtown experimental theater, and it is one of my biggest [sources of pride] to be from that community, knowing how to make something out of nothing. This is my first-ever individual award, and it feels incredibly appropriate that it is in this room. … I want to thank A24 for keeping independent films hot and alive,” she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ke Huy Quan won Best Supporting Performance and praised the supportive environment on set.
“Everyone on set, especially our amazing crew took such great care of each other,” Quan said according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We’ve never felt like we worked for anybody, and this is to the credit of the Daniels and our producer Jonathan Wang.”
Michelle Yeoh won Best Lead Performance that night. During her acceptance speech, Yeoh dedicated her award to mothers.
“I want to dedicate this to all our mothers. Without our mothers, none of us would be here,” she said, according to Vulture.
She also thanked the wives of all the crew members of Everything Everywhere All at Once.
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