After several big wins at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, Everything, Everywhere, All At Once has cemented its status as an Oscar frontrunner.
At the ceremony, the multiverse adventure was named best film cast, and several of its stars were individually recognized.
Michelle Yeoh was named best actress, defeating Cate Blanchett.
“This isn’t just for me; it’s for every little girl who looks like me,” Yeoh said tearfully during her acceptance speech.
Her co-star Ke Huy Quan became the first Asian to win best supporting actor, while his co-star Jamie Lee Curtis surprised everyone by winning best supporting actress.
Everything, Everywhere, All At Once follows a laundromat owner (Yeoh) who must channel different versions of herself from the multiverse in order to save the world.
The victory gives the sci-fi adventure significant momentum ahead of the Oscars on March 12th, indicating it is the clear frontrunner for best picture. It has the most SAG awards ever won by a single film, with four.
Brendan Fraser was named best actor for his performance in The Whale, the only winner in SAG’s film acting categories who was not from Everything Everywhere All At Once.
In her speech, Yeoh told the audience – which was largely made up of fellow actors – that “we’re here because we love what we do, we will never stop doing what we do”.
“Thank you for giving me a seat at the table, because so many of us need it; we want to be seen and heard, and tonight you have shown us that it is possible,” she said.
In the absence of a best picture category, the award for best film cast is considered the highest honor at the SAG Awards. Winners are chosen by other actors at the annual ceremony in Los Angeles.