Who are the Daniels? Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert won an Academy Award for “All at once.”

Two guys with the same name were invited to the stage several times Oscar – Daniels. They are Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the directing duo whose film All At Once was the most honored film at the Academy Awards.

The pair met as students at Emerson College and joined as teaching assistants at the New York Film Academy summer camp in 2009, they told Boston.com.

“That’s why Daniels exists now. We were summer camp counselors, and we were both so passionate and passionate about making really weird movies with kids that we realized we were kindred spirits, so we decided to continue our summer after-hours movies,” Scheinert said. to the publication.

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Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan accept the Best Director Award at the 95th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California.

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They are known as the creative minds behind several music videos, including Lil Jon’s “Give Up For What” and numerous short films. They have also shot commercials for Apple, Nike, Converse and several other groups.

“Music videos and commercials are a great place for filmmakers to find their voice,” Kwan told CBS News’ Jamie Wax in an interview ahead of the Oscars.

“All at once” was their second feature film after “Swiss Army Man” — a 2016 film starring another Daniel: Radcliffe.

The pair have been waiting for years to make “Everything everywhere at once” the way they wanted it to be. Produced by A24, the film has a predominantly Asian cast, which the duo said they fought for.

Their foresight paid off — the film received 11 Oscar nominations, the most of any film this year. And on Sunday, Daniels, dressed in complimentary costumes with a red theme, took the stage several times and won Oscars for best director, best screenplay and best picture.

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Co-directors Daniel Scheinert (left) and Daniel Kwan (right) and producer Jonathan Wang (center) accept the Oscar for Best Picture for “All at once” at the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023.

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The stars of the film also went down in history. Michelle Yeoh She became the first South-East Asian actress to win an Oscar in the category “Best Actress”. Ke Hui Quan, who started out as a child actor in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies, has returned home. best supporting actor.

Their co-star is Jamie Lee Curtis Received the title of “Best Supporting Actress”.and the film won for best editing.

Speaking for Best Screenplay, Kwan admitted that his self-esteem was low after winning the award and that his impostor syndrome was “high in the past”. He thanked his mother, his wife and Scheinert for believing in him.

Scheinert thanked “all the moms” when the pair accepted the award for best director, and also thanked her parents for not crushing her creativity.

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