Directing duo Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan raised their voices in defence of drag when they took to the stage at the 95th Academy Awards to accept their Oscar for best director.
The duo, who are known as “the Daniels” in the industry, won prizes for both original screenplay and best director at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, for their lauded superhero comedy Everything Everywhere All At Once.
The film, which stars the newly crowned Oscar-winning actress Michelle Yeoh, tells the tale of a Chinese-American laundrette owner navigating a tax audit, family relationships and interdimensional time travel.
Taking to the stage, Scheinert gave a moving tribute to his own parents for not suppressing his creativity. Referencing the rising tide of anti-drag legislation that is currently being pushed by Republican lawmakers across the US, he thanked his parents for permitting “dressing in drag as a kid”, which he fiercely declared is “a threat to nobody”.
Kwan also shared an inspiring message celebrating the beauty of difference. “There is greatness in every single person,” he added. “Thank you so much to everyone who has unlocked my genius.”
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