Michelle Yeoh Makes History: First Malaysian and Chinese Woman to Receive Oscar Nomination for Best Actress

Yeoh was recently nominated for best actress for her starring role in everything everywhere all at once, a movie which also earned her a golden globes win. she is the first malaysian and first woman of chinese descent to be nominated for best actress. alongside yeoh, ke huy quan is nominated for best supporting actor, stephanie hsu is up for best supporting actress, and daniel kwan is nominated for best director alongside co-director daniel scheinert. vietnamese-american actress hong chau also garnered a best supporting actress nomination for her role in the whale.

Nomination happened earlier this month, and news of the asian superstar’s oscar nod trended on social media as many chinese moviegoers rejoiced. the oscars ceremony will be held in march and chinese fans are celebrating the oscar nomination of michelle yeoh. the hashtag about her nomination has been viewed 130 million times on chinese social media platform weibo.

First rose to fame via her roles in hong kong action movies in the 1990s, starring alongside the likes of jackie chan and jet li. in hollywood, she gained prominence with tomorrow never dies, a james bond film, and the oscar-winning kungfu film crouching tiger, hidden dragon. more recently, she has featured in crazy rich asians and star trek: discovery. yeoh is also a part of the marvel cinematic universe, starring in shang-chi and the legend of the ten rings. many weibo users in china called for everything everywhere to be screened without cuts, while a facebook user on taiwan said “everyone respects her wholeheartedly because she has broken so many barriers and broadened their perspectives.” if she wins, she will become the first asian woman to triumph in her category.


By Evey Lovelace

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