Everything Everywhere All at Once has emerged as the crowd favorite film of 2022, pleasing both critics and audiences alike with its lovably bizarre blend of humor, science fiction, action, family drama, and romance. The resulting buzz around it has put Michelle Yeoh on the pedestal she deserves to stand upon, granted Ke Huy Quan a warm and satisfying return to Hollywood, made a rising star out of Stephanie Hsu, and renewed our faith in word-of-mouth film promotion. Much like its title suggests, this multiverse-hopping adventure directed by The Daniels really does do all of the things, on- and off-screen.
So it’s hardly a surprise that EEAAO is racking up awards and Best of the Year recognition. With a leading 11 Oscars nominations across numerous categories, including Best Picture, the film could stand to win it all. Yeoh clinched a Best Actress nomination (her first ever!) for her emotional and physically demanding role as Evelyn Wang, a woman trying to do her taxes for her failing laundromat while juggling her marriage, her relationship with her daughter, and her own relationship with her father at the same time. Quan got his own Best Supporting Actor nod for his performance as Evelyn’s doting husband Waymond, adding to the ever-growing list of trophies he’s received for the film. Finally, both Jamie Lee Curtis and Hsu—who pulled double duty as Evelyn’s daughter, Joy, and nemesis Jobu Tupaki—both grabbed Best Supporting Actress nods for their performances.
Awards aside, Yeoh has found the public’s reaction to the film just as fulfilling as any accolade. (And it’s definitely given her street cred with her godchildren.) She told ELLE for our 2022 Women in Hollywood issue:
“A lot of times when I’m doing press, people will say, ‘My parents will be very happy because they know I’m interviewing you.’ I come from an older generation. But it’s really with Everything Everywhere All at Once that this generation knows me now. I have six godchildren; some are in their early twenties. I can feel the difference. They talk to me on a different level now. It’s suddenly like, ‘Oh, cool. You’re cool. I can relate to you. And my friends think you are cool, too,’ which is so nice.”
The film hit theaters via A24 almost a year ago in March 2022, so it may already be time for a rewatch. Thankfully, EEAAO is available to stream on Showtime and Paramount+. You can also watch it on platforms like Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube with a Showtime add-on.
Erica Gonzales is the Senior Culture Editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage on TV, movies, music, books, and more. She was previously an editor at HarpersBAZAAR.com. There is a 75 percent chance she’s listening to Lorde right now.
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