Everything Everywhere All At Once actor Ke Huy Quan left the Oscars audience and viewers at home in floods of tears with his winners speech.
The Vietnamese-born actor, 51, triumphed in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role as Waymond Wang, the metaverse travelling husband of Joy Wang, played by Michelle Yeoh.
The award was presented by last year’s Best Supporting winners Ariana de Bose and Troy Kotsur, with the former bursting into tears as she announced Quan’s name.
As he made his way to the stage, the actor – who had his first brush with fame as a child star in Indiana Jones in the 1980s – was in floods of tears and it wasn’t long before fans tuning in at home were too.
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“Thank you, thank you,” he told the audience. “My mum is 84 years old and she’s at home watching. Mum, I just won an Oscar!
Quan continued: “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 is the American dream.”
Quan then thanked the academy for “this honour of a lifetime” before turning his attention back to his family and adding: “Thank you to my mum for the sacrifices she made [and] thank you to my brother who calls me everyday to remind me to take care of myself.”
“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 my time will come,” he added, through tears. “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 so much for welcoming me back, I love you.”
One fan tweeted: “My whole family and I were in tears. That was so touching.”
“Seeing Ke Huy Quan win best supporting actor had me holding back tears, very much deserved,” added another.
Quan’s win was followed by Everything, Everywhere All At Once’s second of the night, as Jamie Lee Curtis was awarded Best Supporting Actress.
Commending her co-stars, the crew, and family, Jamie said: “I know it looks like I am standing up here by myself but I’m not. I am 100 people. We just won an Oscar.”
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