Chinese fans are celebrating Michelle Yeoh’s Oscar nomination for Best Actress, with some calling it “the pride of Chinese people all over the world”.
Yeoh was nominated for her lead role in Everything Everywhere, Everything At Once, which also earned her a Golden Globes win earlier this month.
News of the Asian superstar’s Oscar nomination made the rounds on social media as many Chinese fans rejoiced.
She will become the first Asian woman to triumph in her category if she wins.
Yeoh is the first Malaysian and also the first woman of Chinese origin to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Actress.
This year’s Oscar nominations were particularly strong for stars of Asian descent, with Everything Everywhere All At Once picking up 11 nominations.
Yeoh co-stars Ke Huy Quan and Stephanie Hsu, as well as director Daniel Kwan, were also honored.
Quan, a former child star who first rose to fame through films such as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
Hsu is up for Best Supporting Actress, while Kwan is nominated for Best Director alongside co-director Daniel Scheinert.
Additionally, Vietnamese-American actress Hong Chau earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in The Whale.
But it was the news of Yeoh’s appointment that sparked the most discussion among Chinese people, for whom she is a household name.
She first rose to fame through her roles in Hong Kong action movies in the 1990s alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li.
In Hollywood, she rose to prominence with Tomorrow Never Dies, a James Bond film, and the Oscar-winning kung fu film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
More recently, she starred in Crazy Rich Asians and Star Trek: Discovery. Yeoh is also part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, along with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
“Make Asian women proud,” wrote a commenter on Chinese social media platform Weibo, where the hashtag about her nomination has been viewed 130 million times.
“Everyone respects her wholeheartedly because she broke down so many barriers and broadened their perspectives,” said a Taiwanese commenter on Facebook.
One user added, “She does it for all of us.”
Many Weibo users in China have also requested that Everything Everywhere be screened without cuts. The film has screened in many parts of Asia, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, but has yet to screen in mainland China, which maintains a strict quota for foreign films.
The Oscars ceremony will take place in March.
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