During Awards Season, the Veteran Actor Has Been Cleaning Up, and It’s Been Wonderful to See
During the 2023 SAG Awards, he added another award to his collection in a historic way. With his win for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, Quan became the first Asian male to win a SAG award for a film role.
After his name was called, the actor gave an emotional speech in which he told the news. He said, “This moment is no longer just mine; it belongs to everyone who has asked for change.”
Quan also said that he quit acting “because there were so few opportunities.” He then pointed to some of his co-stars from Everything Everywhere All at Once and said that things have changed since then.
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“The landscape looks so different now than it did before. So thank you so much to everyone in this room who helped make these changes.”
The actor then thanked his co-star Michelle Yeoh and told her, “I’m so glad that when we both started our careers in 1984, we both knew that one day we would meet on the big screen.” During his speech, Quan also thanked his co-star Jamie Lee Curtis, who won a SAG award on Sunday for her supporting role in the movie as Deirdre Beaubeirdre.
Quan also used the chance to give some words of encouragement to other actors “struggling to be seen” when he accepted his award.
“Please keep going,” he said. “Because at some point, the spotlight will find you.”
“Everything, Everywhere, All at Once” has also been nominated for 11 Oscars, including best picture and supporting actor for Quan. Last month, Quan won a Golden Globe award for his role in the movie.