LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) — Daniels doubled up on his directorial debut, taking home the best director Oscar for one of the most unexpected Oscar stories.
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert held a film appearance for the multiverse story “Everywhere at Once” on Sunday night, driving a group of other filmmakers, including Stephen Spielberg.
Daniels, as a well-known director, came into Sunday as the front-runner to win the Oscars, and the film, the most nominated of the night with 11 nods, received a huge boost at the awards season, so the victory was not a surprise.
It was the second Oscar of the night for the duo, who previously won best original screenplay, one of seven categories the film won on Sunday night, including best picture, best actress Michelle Yeoh, best supporting actor for Ke Huy Quan and actress Jamie Lee Curtis.
When they won their first Oscar of the night, Scheinert mentioned the names of their favorite teachers, saying, “You guys inspired me and taught me to be less stressed.”
And Kwan noted that “my impostor syndrome is at an all-time high.” Kwan said Scheinert was his “trustee.” He is the one who told me he was a reporter before I believed him.
Born each 35 years old, Daniels is the youngest and youngest experienced filmmakers in the group of nominees who also included Spielberg, 76, nominated for “Fabelmans”, Ruben Östlund, 48 years old, nominated for “Triangle of Sadness”, Todd. Field, 59, is nominated for “Tár” and Martin McDonagh, 52, for “Banshees of Inisherin”. island spirits).
His triumph came almost one year after the release of the film. Daniel’s only previous feature film was the amazing cadaver comedy “Swiss Army of Man”. At the time, it may seem like an impossible dream for such a couple to win the prize that its directors have highlighted such as Alfred Hitchcock, Ridley Scott or Quentin Tarantino.
But “Everything Everywhere,” which mixes elements of sci-fi and Hollywood action movies, has caused excitement and inspired memes since its release, which has become an award magnet these months.
Kwan is the third filmmaker of Asian descent to win the Best Director Oscar. Chloe Zhao and Bong Joon Ho had previously left with the trial. The film galvanized Asian actors who were cast in most of the leading roles, including Yeoh, Quan and Stephanie Hsu, who all received Oscar nominations.
Daniels is the third directing duo to win an Oscar. Hieronymus Robbins and Robert Wise for the original “Western History” in 1962, and brothers Joel and Ethan Coen won “No Country for Old Men” in 2008.
There are also those who judge little things. The director of “La La Land” (“City of stars. La La Land”), Damien Chazelle, was the youngest when he won the Oscar in 2017 at the age of 32.
Last month, the two Directors Guild of America will judge what has proven to be a strong sign of Oscar success.
Spielberg was expected to win the awards season with his autobiographical “The Fabelmans,” but the recent rise in popularity of “Everywhere, All Together” proved too much.
Scheinert, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, and Kwan, of Westborough, Massachusetts, met while studying film at Emerson College in Boston.
They began their career making music videos, later moving to fiction and directing occasional episodes of television series.
After two years of consecutive victories by women in the category, the Academy returned to its historical norm of nominating men and in the 95th edition there were no women competing in the category.