On Sunday night, Ke Huy Quan crowned a triumphant awards season by taking home the Oscar for best actor in a supporting role in the movie Everything Everywhere All at Once.
Quan acknowledged the difficult journey that had built up to his first Oscar victory in an emotional statement that went back to his days as a kid actor.
Quan stated, “I started my voyage aboard a boat. “I resided in a refugee camp for a year. And I somehow found myself here.”
The victory is scarcely shocking. Quan has received multiple honours for his portrayal of Waymond, a mild-mannered husband who leads his estranged wife through the bizarre outlines of the universe, including the Screen Actors Guild and Gotham awards.
The performer, who first gained notoriety as a child star in films like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies, has made a powerful and well-liked comeback with the part in Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s sci-fi/fantasy epic. Opportunities dried up for him as a young adult, though, until he discovered Everything Everywhere All at Once decades later.
Besides Haing S. Ngor for The Killing Fields in 1985, Quan is the only other Asian performer to have won an Oscar for acting in a supporting role.