Everything Everywhere dominates the Spirit Awards ahead of the Oscars

Everything Everywhere dominates the Spirit Awards ahead of the Oscars

Best Picture winners Jamie Lee Curtis, Michelle Yeoh, Dan Kwan, Stephanie Hsu, Jonathan Wang, Daniel Scheinert and Ke Huy Quan Everything Everywhere All at Once during the Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, USA on March 4, 2023. AUDE GUERRUCCI / REUTERS

The feature won seven new awards on Saturday at the Independent Film Spirit Awards, including Best Picture, ahead of the Academy Awards next weekend.

The absurd sci-fi comedy Everything Everywhere All At Once has distinguished itself in all the categories for which it was nominated at the Spirit Awards for independent cinema. The event organized on the beach of santa monica, in Los Angeles honors low and mid-budget films. “It’s too much. We are so lucky!“, declared one of the two realizers, Daniel Scheinert, while receiving the last price of the evening.

Actresses Michelle Yeoh and Stephanie Hsu as well as comedian Ke Huy Quan were also rewarded in categories where artists competed without distinction of gender, a first in the history of the ceremony. “Michelle, you beat a bunch of men!“, exclaimed the actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who gives him the reply in the feature film, at the end of the ceremony.

American directors Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan also won Best Direction and Best Screenplay, and the film received Best Editing. This independent film, produced with a budget of 25 million dollars, tells the story of a laundromat owner, played by Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, exhausted by her administrative hassles with the tax authorities, suddenly immersed in parallel universes.

The film was a smash hit last year, raking in some $100 million worldwide and being nominated 11 times for the Oscars, which take place on March 12, and for which EverythingEverywhere is a favourite.

Other movies that could get an Oscar boost thanks to their accolades received at the Spirit Awards: All the beauty and the bloodshed (best documentary), aftersun (best first film) or even Tar (best photography).

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