In the evening’s most explicitly political moment, Everything Everywhere All at Once co-director Daniel Scheinert defended drag queens and drag children while accepting his Oscar for best director Sunday at the 95th annual Academy Awards.
A clearly excited Daniel Scheinert thanked his parents during his speech: “Thank for you not squashing my creativity when I was making really disturbing horror films, or really perverted comedy films, or dressing as drag as a kid, which is a threat to nobody!”
Scheinert’s remark elicited enthusiastic applause from the celebrity audience at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (The Daniels) accept the #Oscar for Best Director for #EverythingEverywhereAllAtOnce. https://t.co/ndiKiHeOT5 pic.twitter.com/pZo7gBgdGM
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Scheinert appeared to allude to the controversy surrounding drag shows for children, with states including Tennessee passing laws prohibiting the often raunchy and sexually explicit performances in front of minors.
As a result, Hollywood stars are rallying behind drag shows for children, with celebrities including RuPaul, Whoopi Goldberg, Gabrielle Union, the rock group B-52s, and Melissa McCarthy showing their support.
Daniel Scheinert shared the directing award with his Everything Everywhere co-director Daniel Kwan. (Together, they are known as the “Daniels.”) The indie sci-fi comedy won a total of seven Oscars on Sunday, including best picture.
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