Ke Huy Quan wins Best Supporting Actor Oscar

Ke Huy Quan receives the award for Best Supporting Actor. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

In his acceptance speech after winning the Best Supporting Actor award, Ke Huy Quan once again delivered a serious and moving speech, which talked about never giving up on his dreams.

The former child star, who worked for years behind the camera after roles for him dried up, tearfully thanked his mother for starting out.

“My mom is 84 and she’s at home watching,” he said. “Mom, I just won an Oscar.”

He also thanked her for her sacrifices and paid tribute to her status as a former refugee.

“My journey started on a boat. I spent a year in a refugee camp and ended up here on the biggest stage in Hollywood,” Quan said. “They say things like this only happen in movies. I can’t believe this is happening to me. It’s the American dream.”

He also paid tribute to his wife, Echo, to whom he said “month after month, year after year for 20 years tells me that one day my time will come”.

“Dreams are something to believe in. I almost gave up on mine,” he said. “To all of you, please keep your dreams alive.”

Earlier on the red carpet, Quan mentioned that his family, including his brother whom he also thanked, came from Houston to support him on Oscar night.

The actor was the darling of awards season as comeback story of the year, moving many to tears with each of his wins.


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