Won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for K Hui QuanHe accepted the honor Sunday night as he delivered a moving speech.
“My mom is 84 years old, and she’s watching at home. Mom, I just won an Oscar!” Kwan said his speech opened to thunderous applause and cheers from the audience.
“My journey began on a boat,” Kwan continued. “I spent a year in a refugee camp and somehow I ended up here on the biggest stage in Hollywood. They say stories like this only happen in the movies. I can’t believe this is happening to me. This, this, the American dream.”
Kwan’s win was the latest in one“Everything Everywhere All at Once” star, who won widespread acclaim and popular acclaim for her role in the hit film by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.
Kwan has become known for his acceptance speeches as he collects award after award at major award ceremonies this year. The actor delivered his comments with trademark candor after winning the Oscars on Sunday night.
Kwan’s role as the devoted husband and business partner of an overworked laundromat owner, played by fellow Oscar nominee Michelle Yeoh, marks an inspiring comeback for the actor, who stepped away from the big screen in the early 2000s after gaining fame as a child actor. 80s movies “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “The Goonies”.
“Dreams are something you have to believe in,” he said Sunday night. “I almost gave up on me. To all of you out there, please keep your dreams alive. Thank you, thank you so much for welcoming me back. I love you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
Quan was born in Vietnam and moved to Los Angeles with his family when he was a child. He became only the second performer of Asian descent to win an Oscar for best supporting actor and the first in nearly four decades, after Haing Sung won the award for his role in “The Killing Fields” in 1985. Kwan was nominated along with Bryan. Tyree Henry, for “Causeway” Barry Keoghan, for “The Banshees of Inisharin”, Brendan Gleeson, for “The Banshees of Inisharin” and Jude Hirsch, for “The Fablemans”.
The “Everything Everywhere” actor has fallen for the film’s male lead after a hiatus from acting for over two decades. Kwan saidFebruary’s opportunities to continue acting were few and far between decades ago, so he pursued a career working as a stunt coordinator on films like “X-Men” after graduating from the university’s School of Cinematic Arts. Southern California. He said his dream of returning to acting was rekindled by his release of “Crazy Rich Asians” in 2018.
“I saw it three times in the theater; I cried every time,” Kwan said. “But one of the reasons I cried was because I wanted to be with them.”
Prior to the Academy Awards, Kwan had already won numerous awards for “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and was the favorite to win Sunday night. He previously won the Golden Globe for Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture and took home the corresponding titles at the Critics’ Choice and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Kwan’s historic win from the Screen Actors Guild marks the first time an Asian performer has been awarded the distinction in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role category.