After making one of the most remarkable comebacks in Hollywood history, Ke Huy Quan won the Oscar for best-supporting actor in “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once” at Sunday night’s 95th Academy Awards.
In the 1980s, Quan rose to fame as a child actor in films like “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and “The Goonies.” He later switched gears to work as a stunt choreographer. He explained his two decades away from the TV by saying, “I had to step away because the phone stopped ringing,” according to The Times. “Asian actors were never considered for roles in Hollywood.” But he kept up with his monthly Screen Actors Guild payments as if he were bidding his time until he could make a comeback.
In 2018, motivated by the success of “Crazy Rich Asians,” Quan called a friend who worked in the entertainment industry to represent him. Two weeks later, he received the script for “Everything Everywhere,” in which he plays the loving husband of Michelle Yeoh’s universe-hopping heroine. Golden Globe, SAG, Critics’ Choice, and Independent Spirit Awards have all been won by Quan since the film’s release.
This year, a record number of Asian performers were nominated for acting awards, and now Quan can add an Oscar to his collection. His entire acceptance speech is included here.
“Oh my God. Thank you. Thank you. My mom is 84 years old. And she’s at home watching. Mom, I just won an Oscar. My journey started on a boat. I spent a year in a refugee camp. And somehow, I ended up here on Hollywood’s biggest stage. They say stories like this only happen in the movies. I cannot believe it’s happening to me. This, this, is the American dream. Thank you so much.
Thank you so much to the Academy for this honor of a lifetime. Thank you to my mom for the sacrifices you made to get me here. To my little brother David, who calls me every day just to remind me to take good care of myself. I love you, brother.
Thank you to Kendall for all your support and everything you’ve done. Thank you to A24, the Daniels, Jonathan, Jamie, Michelle and my “Goonies” brother for life, Jeff Cohen. I owe everything to the love of my life, my wife, Echo, who, month after month, year after year, for 20 years, told me that one day, one day, my time will come. Dreams are something you have to believe in. I almost gave up on mine. To all of you out there, please keep your dreams alive. Thank you, thank you so much for welcoming me back. I love you. Thank you thank you thank you.”