Who is Daniel Kwan?  Find out 5 things about the Oscar nominee – Hollywood Life

Who is Daniel Kwan? Find out 5 things about the Oscar nominee – Hollywood Life

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Who is Daniel Kwan?  Find out 5 things about the Oscar nominee – Hollywood Life

ALL EVERYWHERE AT ONCE, from left: Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, 2022. © A24 / Courtesy Everett Collection

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, (a.k.a. NOTHING IN THE WEST), Felix Kammerer, 2022. Ph: Reiner Bajo /© Netflix /courtesy Everett Collection

Credit: C Victorio/imageSPACE for A24/Shutterstock Daniel Kwan is an American director/screenwriter. He is one half of the director duo “Daniels”. In 2023 he was nominated for an Oscar.

The nominations for the 95th Academy Awards are officially on the table, and apart from a few surprising snubs, the nominations were generally as expected. Several challenging and artistic films were nominated in the Directing category, including The Banshees of Inisherin, Everything Everywhere All At Once, The Fabelmans, Tár and
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Daniel Kwan, along with his directing partner Daniel Schienert, was nominated in this category for their work on Everything Everywhere All At Once, a comedy-drama co-starring Michelle Yeoh and Jamie Lee Curtis. They also received a script nod. Here’s what you should know about half of the “Daniels” who have been nominated in two of the Academy Awards’ most significant categories.

Daniel works with a partner who is also named Daniel

Daniel KunDaniel Kwan in San Francisco, California on March 20, 2022. (C Victorio/imageSPACE for A24/Shutterstock)

While Daniel Kwan has been credited as the director of Everything Everywhere All At Once, what many people don’t know is that he works side-by-side with another Daniel – Daniel Scheinert. The duo are credited with both writing and directing the film, and they’ve definitely hit the nail on the head with their latest work.

They also collaborated on the feature film Swiss Army Man (starring Harry Potter icon Daniel Radcliffe) in 2016, for which they won an Independent Spirit Award in 2017.

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He is a music video director

Daniel Kwan and Daniel ScheinertDaniel Kwan and Daniel Schienert on the set of EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE AT ONCE (Allyson Riggs / A24 / Everett Collection)

On their official website, the Daniels claim to have directed music videos for superstars such as Jack Black’s Tenacious D, The Shins and Manchester Orchestra, among many others. They have also collaborated on short films dating back to 2009 with a project called Swingers. They followed with Puppets in 2010, My Best Friend’s Wedding/My Best Friend’s Sweating in 2011, Possibilia in 2014 and Interesting Ball in 2016.

Not limited to this, they have also worked in television including episodes of NTSF:SD:SUV::, Childrens Hospital, Infomercials (a series of Adult Swim Comedy Specials) and Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens. Kwan alone is also credited with serving with Legion in 2019.

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Daniel Kwan is married to another film director

Kwan is married to the successful director and animator Kristen Lepore. In fact, she is credited as the visual effects artist in his film Everything Everywhere All At Once. Her filmography also includes the short film series I Am Groot (2022), It’s My Party (2018) and Story From North America (2007).

On August 22, 2016, Kwan took to Instagram to share a romantic tribute to his equally talented wife. “This is Kir and I the day after we got married,” he wrote alongside a picture of the couple snuggled up on a couch. “I’m not ready to post an actual picture of the wedding because I don’t think I’ll be able to find a caption that does it justice. I’ll probably never find the words to describe the insanely transcendent rocket ship of clouds we found on our wedding day, but it was one of those rare times when life exceeds all expectations and offers you a whole new experience. I generally avoid exaggeration unless it’s a joke, but this really was one of the best weekends of my life. Photo credit: @chelseanicolelepore #kwanlepore.”

They share one child, Gio Lepore Kwan, born in 2019. “Kirsten has been a true warrior princess throughout this sometimes impossible process and I am very much looking forward to starting this next chapter with her and Gio,” he wrote alongside a carousel of hospital pictures on February 17, 2019.

He is highly celebrated

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Schienert‘Daniels’ perform at the Critics Choice Awards on January 15, 2023 in Los Angeles. (Jim Ruymen/UPI/Shutterstock)

It’s obvious that Daniel Kwan is talented. But with the release of Everything Everywhere All At Once, his success has skyrocketed. The critical response was almost unanimous, with a critical rating of 95% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The Daniels have also received wins at the Saturn Awards, Hollywood Critics Association, Gotham Independent Film Awards, American Film Institute Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, and Critics Choice Movie Awards.

The film received nominations from the Golden Globes, Satellite Awards, AACTA International Awards and Independent Spirit Awards, among others. Obviously, being nominated for an Oscar is the pinnacle of any filmmaker’s career.

He met his directing partner in college

According to Kwan’s Wikipedia page, the highly successful writing and directing partnership began in college. They both studied film at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts (Kwan was born in nearby Westborough). According to Boston.com, Kwan had one year left of college in 2009 when they became teaching assistants at New York Film Academy summer camp. This is where they really started to bond as filmmakers.

“We started working together on this job,” Scheinert told the outlet. “That’s kind of why Daniels exists now. We were summer camp counselors and we were both so hyper and so excited about making really weird movies with the kids that we kind of realized we were kindred spirits, so we decided to do our own summer movies after work.”

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