In the evening’s most explicitly political moment, Everything Everywhere All at Once co-director Daniel Scheinert defended drag queens and drag children while accepting his Oscar for best director Sunday at the 95th annual Academy Awards.
A clearly excited Daniel Scheinert thanked his parents during his speech: “Thank for you not squashing my creativity when I was making really disturbing horror films, or really perverted comedy films, or dressing as drag as a kid, which is a threat to nobody!”
"Thank you for not squashing my creativity when I was making really disturbing horror films or really perverted comedy films, or dressing in drag as a kid, which is a threat to nobody." Go off, Daniel Scheinert! #Oscars pic.twitter.com/3Nf1NX7I9L— Decider (@decider) March 13, 2023
Scheinert’s remark elicited enthusiastic applause from the celebrity audience at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Scheinert appeared to allude to the controversy surrounding drag shows for children, with states including Tennessee passing laws prohibiting the often raunchy and sexually explicit performances in front of minors.