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Oscars alleviate lack of on-camera recognition for Asian Americans

Two massive wins for Asians in best acting categories is a step forward

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Oscars alleviate lack of on-camera recognition for Asian Americans

Everything Everywhere all at once .. the movie that won three of the four acting awards at the Oscars and the best picture hit home for many people. And it's a big step forward for inclusivity in Hollywood. James Hong said it best:


The film follows the story of a Chinese-American widow, played by Michelle Yeoh, who discovers that she possesses the power to access different dimensions and alternate realities. As she navigates through different worlds, she finds herself embroiled in a battle between the forces of light and darkness, all while dealing with personal grief and familial conflicts.

The concept of the film is ambitious and complex, exploring themes such as the multiverse theory, destiny, and the power of choice. However, the directors manage to balance the weighty themes with humor and heart, resulting in a movie that is both thought-provoking and entertaining. One of the film's strengths is its stellar cast. Michelle Yeoh delivers a powerful and nuanced performance as the lead character, Mei, bringing depth and emotional resonance to the story. The supporting cast, including Stephanie Hsu, James Hong, and Jamie Lee Curtis, also give memorable performances, adding a layer of complexity to the already intricate plot. The visuals in the movie are stunning, with the directors using a mix of practical effects and CGI to create the different worlds and dimensions that Mei travels through. The action sequences are also well-executed, with choreography that is both thrilling and visually impressive.

At times, the plot of the movie can feel convoluted and difficult to follow, especially in the latter half of the film. And clearly, some people did not find it entertaining:


But against all odds, the movie won big. Its a hopeful reminder that Asian representation isn't only cliche stereotypes or tokenism disguised as diversity.


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