“For a long time, all I wanted was just a job,” Ke Hui Quan said. He is now one of five supporting actors up for an Oscar.

LOS ANGELES — The only downside to Ke Hui Quan being enshrined for best supporting actor at the Oscars is that you won’t hear much from the other nominees as a result. And it’s a category full of interesting performances and actors at all stages of their careers.

All will be celebrated during Academy Awards, which airs live Sundays on ABC beginning at 8:00 PM ET. There is still time to catch the performance before the performance.

Here’s a little more about the contenders:

Brian Tyree Henry

During filming “Road”, Jennifer Lawrence would sometimes end a scene with Tyree Henry’s Brian and tell him, “You’re going to be nominated for an Oscar,” and then just walk away.

Henry was a little embarrassed at the time, but Lawrence (a four-time nominee and one time winner) was right.

“She relentlessly reminded me that it was possible. I really owe her a debt of gratitude,” Henry told the Associated Press. “She really believed in it.”

In the film, Henry plays a grieving mechanic opposite soldier Lawrence, who is recovering from a traumatic brain injury. His character is struggling with the trauma of a car accident that killed his nephew. The nomination, he says, seems more important than himself.

“Every single person who had a hand in making this film deserves recognition, it wasn’t just me,” he said. “I hope it shatters people’s perceptions of what they want to see in me, and then I can show up and give it to them.”

Judd Hirsch

with 42 years between them Oscar nominations, Judd Hirsch is feeling a little deja vu.

“The first one (Ordinary People) was because I was doing a scene with a kid who was 19 or 20, the second one (The Fablemen) was because I was doing a scene with a kid who was 19 or 20 years old. years,” said Hirsch. The biggest difference in that first nomination is that he didn’t want to win — he was up against co-star Timothy Hutton in the category (who won).

“This time it’s different,” he said. “I don’t need to apologize.”

During his brief role as the eccentric Uncle Boris in Steven Spielberg’s film, he realized at a certain point that he was playing not so much a character as a memory.

“It’s his memory when he was young, not Stephen’s now,” he said. “I had flashbacks when I was young and they all turned out to be slight exaggerations … I thought, now that’s interesting.”

Brendan Gleeson

Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell and Martin McDonagh dreamed of working together again since they did In Bruges and they finally got their chance with The Banshees of Inisherin.

“It feels like we just got back in the room and said, ‘This is going to be good, isn’t it?’ Gleason told the AP.

In The Banshees, Colm Gleeson’s poignant plea for solitude stems from his tiredness of “aimless chatter.” Feeling that time is running out, he wants to devote himself to writing music. Their discord has symbolism; on the mainland, civil war is raging in Ireland. But it most reflects the struggle of an artist, perhaps a serious one, to balance work with the demands of social convention.

Farrell, also a nominee, said he understands himself better through Gleason.

“I think we’re all basically romantics,” Gleason said. “We are not blind either. We know the other side of the coin.”

Barry Kegan

Even if you haven’t seen Banshee of Inishreen, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the viral, heartwarming clip in which Barry Keoghan as Dominic asks Kerry Condon’s Siobhan if she’d ever “fall in love with a boy like me . When she politely declines, he sighs, “Well, the dream is gone. I’d better go there and do what I was going to do there.”

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Keoghan said: “It was an opportunity to show that I could face the sinister with a touch of naivety, with a touch of pure soul and honesty. I really wanted to do this. I really wanted to push it and bring people into this world, I can make you feel the same, instead of making you hate me and be sinister and with an absolute, evil demeanor.”

Ke Hui Quan

Ke Hui Quan tends to be emotional whenever he reflects on his sudden reversal of fortune. Since “Everything Everywhere and All At Once” hit theaters this year, Quan, 51, who was the iconic child star of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” a lifetime ago, as Short Round and Date in ” Goonies ” — every day, he says, is “full of emotions”.

After to be one of the most recognizable faces In the 80s, Quan, frustrated by the lack of roles and opportunities, decided to retire in his 20s. At 49, he made one last attempt and was booked two weeks later “Everything everywhere and at once.”

“For a long time, all I wanted was just a job,” Quan said. “Just an opportunity to perform, to show people what I can do. This movie, Everything Everywhere and At Once, gave me so much more than I could have asked for.”

“There are so many people who doubt themselves, who have dreams that they gave up on or didn’t think would ever come true,” Quan added. “I hope my story inspires these people.”


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