Two men by one name were called to the stage several times– Daniels. They are Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the directing duo whose film “Everything Everywhere All at Once” was the most honored film at the Academy Awards.
The pair met as students at Emerson College and connected as assistants at the New York Film Academy summer camp in 2009, they told Boston.com.
“That’s why Daniels exists. We were summer camp counselors and we were both so passionate about making really weird movies with kids that we realized we were kindred spirits, so we decided to make our own summer. After Hours movies, Scheinert told the publication.
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They became known as the creative minds behind several music videos, including Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What” and several short films. They have also directed commercials for Apple, Nike, Converse and several other bands.
“Music videos and commercials are an incredible place for filmmakers to find their voice,” Kwan told CBS News’ Jamie Wax in an interview ahead of the Academy Awards.
“Everything Everywhere All at Once” was their second full-length film after “Swiss Army Man” – another 2016 film starring Daniel: Radcliffe.
The pair waited years for “everything everything all at once” to be the way they wanted it. The film, produced by A24, has a predominantly Asian cast, which the duo said they fought for.
Their vision paid off — the film went to the Oscars with 11 nominations, the most of any movie this year. And on Sunday, wearing a complimentary suit with a maroon theme, Daniels took the stage several times, winning Oscars for best director, best original screenplay and best picture.
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Movie stars also made history.First actress of Southeast Asian descent to win the Oscar for Best Actress. Kay Huey Kwan, who started out as a child actor in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “The Goonies” .
They co-star Jamie Lee CurtisAnd the film won for Best Editing.
During their acceptance speech for Best Screenplay, Cowan admitted that his self-esteem was low and his imposter syndrome was at an “all-time high”, after winning the award. He thanked his mother, wife and Scheinert for believing in him.
Scheinert thanked “all mothers” when the pair accepted the award for best director, and also thanked his parents for not ruining his creativity.
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