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The unprecedented success of Everything Everywhere All at Once is undoubtedly this year’s biggest Oscar surprise. It’s a film far from the traditional awards bait that audiences typically see sweeping the cinema’s biggest night. But even beyond that welcome shock, there was a second astonishing outlier as a part of the film’s story.
Vietnamese-American actor Ke Huy Quan had not appeared in a major studio film for more than two decades before returning to the silver screen last year, as a grounding force in the Daniels’ off-the-walls movie.
Quan’s incredible comeback story had already made him the favorite to win, but with such a stacked category, nothing is ever guaranteed.