This year’s coveted Oscars in the leading actor categories went to Brendan Fraser and Michelle Yeoh.
Already at the awarding of the supporting actor Oscars at the beginning of the evening it got wet and happy. Winners Ke Huy Quan (51) and Jamie Lee Curtis (64, both for “Everything Everywhere All at Once”) tearfully accepted their golden boys. It was similar for the “Best Leading Actress” and the “Best Leading Actor”. The winners received their awards with emotional speeches. Jessica Chastain (45) and Halle Berry (56) presented the gold statues.
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Brendan Fraser can’t believe it
First, Brendan Fraser (54) was honored as “Best Actor”. Although he has already taken home various awards in recent weeks, the 54-year-old seemed completely shocked by his triumph. “Things weren’t always easy for me,” he said when he accepted the Oscar. He especially thanked his three sons Griffin (20), Holden (18) and Leland (16). The audience responded with applause and standing ovations.
Fraser’s biggest competitors were Austin Butler (31), who was nominated for his “Elvis” performance, and Colin Farrell (46), who was also hoping for an Oscar thanks to “The Banshees of Inisherin”. Paul Mescal (27) for “Aftersun” and Bill Nighy (73) for “Living” were also nominated.
A particularly tantalizing fact: Both Best Supporting Actor Ke Huy Quan and Fraser co-starred in the 1992 teenage film Stone Age Junior (1992). Both were nominated for an Oscar for the first time this year and won in their respective categories.
Michelle Yeoh makes history
There was also thunderous applause for “Best Actress”. As the third cast member of “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, Michelle Yeoh (60) was awarded the important prize. She is the first Asian woman to be recognized in this category. She initially dedicated her speech to Asian children and young people: “For all the girls and boys who look like me: […] This is proof that dreams can come true.”
But that’s not all. The 60-year-old followed up with another important statement. “To all women: Never let anyone tell you that your heyday is over,” she called out to the audience and received a lot of applause. Yeoh dedicated the award to her 84-year-old mother and all mothers in the world: “They are the real superheroes.” Leaving the stage, she emphasized once again that “history is being made today”.
Also nominated in the Best Actress category were Cate Blanchett (53) for Tár, Ana de Armas (34) for “Blonde”, Andrea Riseborough (41) for “To Leslie” and Michelle Williams (42) for “The Fabelmans”. .
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