Westborough’s Daniel Kwan wins at the Oscars


Westborough’s Daniel Kwan wins at the Oscars
Daniel Kwan’s 2006 Westborough High School yearbook photo. (Courtesy/Westborough Public Library)

WESTBOROUGH – “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” co-written and co-directed by Westborough native Daniel Kwan, struck Oscar gold on Sunday night.

Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, the movie earned seven awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Original Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Film Editing.

During his Best Director acceptance speech, Kwan thanked the RCCC, which is short for Richardson Court, where he grew up.

Kwan is a Class of 2006 graduate from Westborough High School.

Westborough Public Schools Superintendent Amber Bock said, “It is so gratifying to see Daniel doing what he so clearly loves. When we talk as educators about ‘educating the whole child,’ this is exactly what we are talking about. Learning is about creating opportunities for every child to thrive and develop the diversity of their talents and interests.

“We are exceptionally proud that a Westborough Public Schools education played a small part in supporting the trajectory of his experience to pursue his dreams. I loved his speech and his emphasis on the ‘collective genius’ – what a beautiful truth.”

Kwan and Daniel Scheinert shared the award for Best Director and Original Screenplay; the Best Picture award went to Kwan, Scheinert and Jonathan Wang.

For Best Picture, the film was up against “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Avatar: The Way of Water,” “The Banshees of Inisherin,” “Elvis,” “The Fabelmans,” “Tár” and “Triangle of Sadness.”

Kwan and Scheinert took home the Oscar for directing over “The Banshees of Inisherin,” “The Fabelmans,” “Tár,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Triangle of Sadness” and “Women Talking.”

They also took home the Oscar for original screenplay, up again against “The Banshees of Inisherin,” “The Fabelmans,” “Tár” and “Triangle of Sadness.”

Michelle Yeoh became the first Asian actress to win for Best Actress, while Jamie Lee Curtis earned her first Oscar as Best Supporting Actress and Ke Huy Quan won for Best Supporting Actor.


Westborough’s Daniel Kwan receives Oscar nod for ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’