Oscars 2023: Michelle Yeoh Becomes First Malaysian To Land Best Actress Nomination
Michelle Yeoh is not only celebrating Chinese New Year; she’s also celebrating her Best Actress Oscar nomination. It’s also the first time a Malaysian is competing in this category.
Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams announced the 95th Academy Awards nominations in all 23 categories on Tuesday (Jan 24) morning from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills.
The Ipoh-born Yeoh’s nod for Everything Everywhere All at Once is one of 11 the indie sci-fi comedy received, making it the most-nominated movie this year. It’s also nominated for Best Director (or Directors, in this case) for Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Best Supporting Actress (Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu) and Best Supporting Actor (Ke Huy Quan).
Responding to her historic nomination on Instagram, Yeoh wrote, "I am overwhelmed and overjoyed with happiness! Every single person who worked on this film poured their heart and soul into it, and we are all so grateful to the Academy for recognizing so many from our EEAAO family.
"Playing Evelyn Wang has been one of the great privileges of my 40-year career. It is truly the role of a lifetime. Thank you to Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert for seeing me and for this opportunity, I will forever cherish this moment."
Yeoh’s nomination also sparked debate over whether she is the first Asian to be vying for Best Actress. Malaysian, yes, but Asian? It’s complicated.
Turns out Merle Oberon earned that title for 1935’s The Dark Angel — but only posthumously. Oberon’s South Asian and Maori heritage wasn’t revealed until after her death in 1979. According to The Washington Post, Oberon was born in what is now Mumbai in 1911 and was the daughter of a mother of mixed South Asian (reportedly Sri Lankan) origin and a White British father. She hid her birthplace and biracial ancestry and passed for white.
Trailing behind Everything Everywhere All at Once, the German WWI picture All Quiet on the Western Front and the period black comedy The Banshees of Inisherin, with nine nominations each.
Mediacorp will livestream the 95th Annual Academy Awards on meWATCH and Channel 5 on March 13 at 6.30am, (Red Carpet) and 8am (main show).
Here are the nominations in the major categories:
All Quiet On The Western Front
Avatar: The Way Of Water
The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All At Once
Triangle of Sadness
Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, Everything Everywhere all at Once
Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans
Todd Field, Tar
Ruben Östlund, Triangle of Sadness
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Austin Butler, Elvis
Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin
Brendan Fraser, The Whale
Paul Mescal, Aftersun
Bill Nighy, Living
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Cate Blanchett, Tar
Ana de Armas, Blonde
Andrea Riseborough, To Leslie
Michelle Williams, The Fablemans
Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Brendan Gleeson, The Banshees of Inisherin
Brian Tyree Henry, Causeway
Judd Hirsch, The Fabelmans
Barry Keoghan, The Banshees of Inisherin
Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Hong Chau, The Whale
Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin
Jamie Lee Curtis, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Stephanie Hsu, Everything Everywhere All at Once
Best Animated Feature Film
Guillermo Del Toro's Pinnochio
Marcel The Shell With Shoes On
The Sea Beast
Best International Feature Film
All Quiet on the Western Front, Germany
Argentina, 1985, Argentina
The Quiet Girl, Ireland
For the complete list of nominations, click here.
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