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Ke Huy Quan Highlights His Journey From Refugee Camp to Hollywood After Winning His First Oscar

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Ke Huy Quan has won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor!

The Everything, Everywhere All At Once star received a standing ovation from the audience and burst into tears as his name was announced, leaving all of us in tears too.

“My mom is 84 years old and she’s at home watching,” he said, visibly emotional.

“Ma! I just won an Oscar!”

Quan used his moment in the spotlight to share how important it is to believe in your dreams:

“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 this is happening to me. This! This is the American dream. Thank you so much to the academy for this honour of a life time.”

He went on to thank his family and the love of his life, his wife Echo, “who month after month, year after year for 20 years told me that one day my time will come” and ended his message with an important reminder for us all:

“To all of you out there, please keep your dreams alive!”

Quan was born in Vietnam in 1971 and spent time with his family in a refugee camp in Hong Kong before arriving in the U.S. He makes history as the first Vietnam-born actor to win an Oscar.

His fellow Everything Everywhere All At Once star Jamie Lee Curtis won Best Supporting Actress and also shared beautiful words about her family, her parents (who were also Oscar nominees) and her fans:

“To all of the people who have supported the genre movies that I’ve made for all these years – we just won an Oscar together!”

(Feature Image Credit: HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 12: Ke Huy Quan accepts the Best Supporting Actor award “Everything Everywhere All at Once” onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.

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