It has been a long time since an Asian actress was nominated for ‘Best Actress’ at the Academy Awards. In 1935, Indian-born actress Merle Oberon was the first ever to receive a nomination from the Asian region. But this time around almost after a century, Michelle Yeoh, a Malaysian-born actress gets nominated for ‘Best Actress’ for her movie Everything Everywhere All at Once.
Everything Everyone All at Once has gathered up 11 total nominations as a comedy-drama movie that has a cut of science fiction. As per a report made by The Hollywood Reporter, just a handful of women of color and race have earned nominations in this category.
Michelle Yeoh’s Reaction to the Nomination
After the 95th Oscar nominations were revealed for the ‘Best Actress’ category, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Yeoh said that, “It’s taken a long time. But I think this is more than me”. She was really happy about her nomination which came after a long journey in the industry. She also shared that many people came up to her and encouraged her to embody this journey with the best of her abilities.
“At the present moment, constantly, all the time, having Asians walking up to me saying, ‘You can do it, you’re doing it for us.’ It’s like, ‘I understand. I totally understand.’ All this time, they’ve not been recognized, they’ve not been heard.”
A well deserved accomplishment for her but the fact that it took THAT long…
— Desi (@FranticMumble) January 24, 2023
it’s been that long since an asian woman gave an oscar worthy performance? there’s absolutely no way.
— Katie (@katiekennnard) January 24, 2023
You're telling me in 88 years not a single Asian actress delivered a lead performance good enough to even be nominated? How incredibly insulting. Watch the Oscars give it to Cate Blanchett anyway.
— Andy (@silhouettemind) January 24, 2023
A shame on part of Hollywood first and foremost because they do not give lead actress roles to Asian women enough for them to even be nominated for it, so, sadly, this isn't surprising/makes sense.
— Sleater-Kinney's Black Daughter on Hive (@JanayKinney) January 24, 2023
Her nomination was certainly a highlight of the morning for me! Congrats Michelle Yeoh! Here is my take on #OscarNominations2023, including all the snubs, surprises, controversies, and milestones.https://t.co/o1qeP0IyHS
— Richard (@RichardReflects) January 24, 2023
This is so abysmal. Absolute lack of diversity. But congratulations to her because she's absolutely phenomenal
— zeynab (@discothecc) January 24, 2023
The Academy Awards is one of the most prestigious awards out there along with many others, and it has been a while since women of color and race have received nominations for the Award. Though in the industry there are as many women as there are men, their nomination has been cut short for no reasons that qualify. There were actors nominated for the Oscars who were from the east, their ancestry was not particularly Asian because at that time most of the regions were British-colonized.
Everything Everywhere All at Once – What is it about?
The movie focuses on a laundromat owner, Evelyn Quan, a Chinese immigrant who gets mixed into a multiversal adventure and prevents the disaster of her universe by connecting to different versions of her from other worlds and getting to the root of the problem. As scientific as it seems, the movie is much more comedic and fun to watch. It was released in March 2022 and has gathered many positive critic reviews as well as a considerable amount of success at the box office. With an amount of $25 million in production cost, the movie has gathered over $104 million worldwide.
The movie has already been nominated for many award shows and has also bagged many. It was nominated in 2023’s BAFTA Awards, SAG Awards, Golden Globes, and many others. On the other hand, it has also won the Golden Globe Award, the Critics’ Choice Award, and many others and has been nominated for the Academy Awards that will be held on March 2023.
Everything Everywhere All at Once is available for streaming on Paramount+