James Hong’s Oscars outfit has nod to ‘Everything Everywhere’

James Hong brought a piece of “Everything Everywhere All At Once” to the Oscars red carpet.

Hong, 94, walked the champagne-colored carpet wearing a bowtie with googly eyes — an ode to the movie.

He portrays Gong Gong in the film, the father of Michelle Yeoh’s character, Evelyn Quan Wang.

Googly eyes play a big role in “Everything Everywhere All At Once” — and might have even caused a shortage at Michaels arts stores.

Yeoh’s character initially is annoyed at her husband’s obsession with sticking googly eyes everywhere and rejects all his attempts to bring joy and humor into their lives.


James Hong attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023
James Hong attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023.
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James Hong attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre
James Hong’s Oscars outfit has a secret ode to “Everything Everywhere All At Once.”
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James Hong arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 12, 2023,
James Hong portrays Gong Gong in the film, the father of Michelle Yeoh’s character, Evelyn Quan Wang.
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But Evelyn ends up growing an appreciation toward them, putting one on her forehead during the film’s climactic fight scene.

The googly eyes represent existentialism and the human desire to create meaning in their lives.


Ke Huy Quan, Michelle Yeoh, James Hong
Ke Huy Quan, Michelle Yeoh and James Hong in “Everything Everywhere All At Once.”
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“Everything Everywhere All At Once” has been cleaning up in the 2023 awards season, with 11 Oscar nominations and winning two Golden Globe Awards.

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