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“I was so terrified”: Michelle Yeoh Nearly Had a Breakdown Before Getting Oscar Nomination For Best Actress in Everything Everywhere All at Once, First Asian to Get After 95 Years

Michelle Yeoh Nearly Had a Breakdown Before Getting Oscar Nomination For Best Actress in Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere all at Once starring Michelle Yeoh in the lead, became a global phenomenon after its release in 2022. And Despite the creators’ doubt about the film’s chances to break even at the box office, the movie was able to surpass all expectations and has become a frontrunner at the 2023 Oscars.

Alongside earning almost a dozen nominations, the one which set the Internet on fire was the nomination of Michelle Yeoh for Best Actress. The actress reacted to her historic achievement as she shared her gratitude and is honored to be able to represent other Asians on the biggest stage.

Also read: Shang-Chi Actor Simu Liu Drums Up Support for ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Stars Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan Decimating Golden Globes 2023

Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn
Michelle Yeoh as Evelyn

Michelle Yeoh shares her gratitude after earning her first Oscar nomination

After landing her first Hollywood role at the age of 59 in the movie Shang-chi, Michele Yeoh created history through her performance in Everything Everywhere all at Once. The actress has now become the first self-identified Asian to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in the Academy’s 95 years of history.

Michelle Yeoh
Michelle Yeoh

Michelle Yeoh reacting to the historic achievement, shared her gratitude for the recognition on the biggest stage. The Shang-Chi actress is honored to represent other Asians on this stage and shared that this nomination of her will inspire other talented Asian artists and will understand that they have an opportunity at the table too. She further expressed her emotions by saying,

“I was so terrified, sitting here thinking, what if I don’t get nominated? What about all those people who have such hopes and they’ve pinned their hopes and aspirations on you to tell us that we should be there?  You see, it’s possible. If she can do it, I can freaking well do it as well. There are so many brilliant actresses and actors out there who know that they have a seat at the table.

The actress Stephanie Hsu, who plays the role of Joy in the movie, shared her well-wishes to the actress on her historical feat and expressed that she was honored to share the stage with her. She described the magnitude of her success by stating, “it’s major that in 95 years, Michelle’s the first. That’s a big deal”.

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Everything Everywhere all at once leads the Oscar with 11 nominations

Even though being a sci-fi movie at the core, Everything Everywhere all at once also explores the vastness of love, empathy, individuality, generational gap, and nihilism without ever making the audience overwhelm, despite its 2-hour run time. Alongside Michelle Yeoh’s historic achievement, the film also managed to pull 11 nominations under its belt.

Also read: “Please don’t put me in that box”: Everything Everywhere All At Once Star Michelle Yeoh Reveals Hollywood’s Ageism Towards Female Stars, Wants Her to Only Play Grandma Roles

The supporting cast, which includes Ke Huy Quan and Stephanie Hsu landed their first nomination at the 95th Academy Awards. The actor Ke Huy Quan, who has already won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a supporting role, was overwhelmed after his Oscar nomination.

The film also managed to earn other nominations in different categories, with the most prominent ones being Best Screenplay, Best Director, and the prestigious nomination for Best picture.

Everything Everywhere all at Once
Everything Everywhere all at Once

With the Oscars inching closer, Michelle Yeoh seems to be one of the favorites to win the race. And fans are rooting for both Michelle Yeoh and the movie as a whole and believe that it will get the deserved recognition at the 95th Academy Awards.

Everything Everywhere All At Once is now available to stream on Apple TV+.

Source: Deadline

Written by Santanu Roy

Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with Batman and The Everly Brothers. Apart from pursuing animation and analyzing movies, he possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a content writer at Fandomwire with over 100 articles.