Everything Everywhere All At Once breaks records at SAGs, making Oscar chances even stronger

Ayaan Paul
Ayaan PaulFeb 27, 2023 | 10:42

Everything Everywhere All At Once breaks records at SAGs, making Oscar chances even stronger

The cast of A24’s Everything Everywhere All At Once (EEAAO) bag every award they were nominated for at the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2023, inching so much closer towards Oscar glory.

Winning a total of 4 awards at the SAGs 2023, including the top prize - SAG Ensemble, the outstanding cast of the sci fi-drama broke a few records. 

Michelle Yeoh made history with her win for Lead Actress at the SAGs, becoming the first Asian woman to win a leading film acting award.


Her co-star Ke Huy Quan also made history as the first Asian actor to win the SAG Award for Supporting Actor when accepting his award.

With Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis’s wins, this is the third time in SAG history that a film has won both supporting categories since Dreamgirls (Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson) and The Fighter (Christian Bale, Melissa Leo).

EEAAO becomes the first film in SAG history to win 3 of the 4 individual acting categories with Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, and Jamie Lee Curtis making history yet again.

What this means for EEAAO’s run at the Oscars

The SAG Awards are one of the most significant awards ceremonies in the entertainment industry. They were first held in 1995 and were created by the Screen Actors Guild - a labor union representing actors, to recognize outstanding performances by its members in film and television.


The SAGs are unique in that they exclusively recognize performances by actors, as opposed to other industry awards ceremonies, such as the Oscars, which recognize achievements in a variety of areas, including directing, cinematography, and screenwriting. The SAG Awards are also distinct in that they are voted on by actors themselves, rather than by industry insiders or critics. Winners this year were voted on by 122,600 SAG-AFTRA members.

The significance of the SAGs lies in their role as a precursor to the Oscars. Since the SAG Awards are voted on by actors, many of whom are also members of the Academy which votes on the Oscars, the SAG Awards are often seen as an early indicator of which actors and films are likely to receive Oscar nominations.

In fact, since the inception of the SAGs, the winner of the SAG Award for Lead Actor has gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Actor 16 out of 27 times, while the winner of the SAG Award for Lead Actress has gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Actress 14 out of 27 times. These statistics suggest that the SAG Awards are a fairly reliable predictor of Oscar success.


In addition to their predictive value, the SAGs are also significant because they provide actors with a platform to celebrate and recognize their peers. As a union representing actors, the Screen Actors Guild is committed to advocating for the rights and interests of its members, and the SAGs serve as a way to honor and promote the work of actors across the industry.

The SAGs are thus an important part of the awards season landscape, providing a unique and valuable perspective on the performances of actors in film and television, and serving as a key precursor to the Oscars.

EEAAO’s remarkable performance at the SAGs makes their sweep at the Oscars nearly inevitable. 

To learn more about the how the SAGs and other award ceremonies determine the winners at the Oscars, have a look at: How To Win An Oscar

Last updated: February 27, 2023 | 10:44
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