The film was awarded Best Picture, here’s why this is a huge moment for LGBTQIA representation
BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY A24
Yesterday (12 March) Everything Everywhere All At Once (EEAAO) dominated the Oscars. The film’s cast and crew took home 7 awards in total: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing.
This year’s award ceremony marked the 95th Academy Awards, and after all these years, EEAAO marks the first time a movie with an openly queer female main character has taken home the win for Best Picture. It’s also the second LGBTQIA film to win Best Picture, with the first being Moonlight in 2016.
There have been Best Picture winners previously with characters whose queerness has been implied covertly or through subtext. However, EEAAO triumphantly and unapologetically presented queerness through the character of Joy Yang (Stephanie Hsu). The gay Asian-American daughter of the lead character, Evelyn, who is desperately trying to gain her mother’s approval of her relationship with her non-Chinese girlfriend, Becky. I don’t want to give too much away about the plot, for those who are yet to see the masterpiece, but the queer storytelling mixed with the multiverse-bending plot is truly profound.
It was moving to see directing duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert accept their award for Best Director. Scheinert paid tribute to his parents for not suppressing his creativity and permitting “dressing in drag as a kid” which he went on to state is “a threat to nobody.” It was powerful to see him speak out about this amid the rising tide of anti-drag legislation taking place across the US.
“Or dressing in drag as a kid, which is a threat to NOBODY.” #Oscars pic.twitter.com/IRf4B2pn1o— GLAAD (@glaad) March 13, 2023
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