Ke Huy Quan Oscar nomination caps the Incredible Comeback for former child star

Ke Huy Quan has scored a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in Everything Everywhere All at Once, the first acting role in 25 years for the child star of Goonies and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Everything Everywhere All at Once earned 11 nominations in all, the most of any film, including for Best Picture. The film’s directors, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, shared a nomination for Best Director, and the film’s lead, Michelle Yeoh, became the first Asian woman to be nominated for Best Actress. Other Everything Everywhere All at Once nominees included Best Supporting Actress nominees Stephanie Hsu and Jamie Lee Curtis.

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Quan, 51, told The Associated Press in December that he’s often overwhelmed by emotions thinking of his comeback.

“I didn’t think this day would come. It was a day I wanted for so long, for decades. And it’s finally here,” he said. “When you have a dream and you kind of bury it because you think it won’t come true, to see it finally come true is incredible.”

He added: “For the longest time, all I wanted was just a job. … Just an opportunity to act, to show people what I can do. This movie, ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once,’ has given me so much beyond anything I could have ever asked for.”

His last major American role, for many years, was in 1992’s Encino Man, with future The Whale star Brendan Fraser — who is the other great comeback story of the last year.

When Quan left acting, he enrolled at the University of Southern California to learn filmmaking. In 1997, he appeared in the 1997 Chinese film Red Pirate. In 2000, he was part of the crew of X-Men. He also worked for several years for Wong Kar Wai’s production company.

At 49, he decided to give acting another shot — and two weeks later, landed his role in Everything Everywhere All at Once.

And, moment ago, earned his first Oscar nomination. His competition in the Best Supporting Actor category includes both Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan for The Banshees of Inisherin, Brian Tyree Henry for Causeway, and Judd Hirsh for The Fabelmans.