Michelle Yeoh to Become First Asian Artist to Receive AFI Honorary Degree

Michelle Yeoh to Become First Asian Artist to Receive AFI Honorary Degree

Michelle Yeoh will be receiving an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree from the AFI, becoming the first Asian artist to receive this honor.

Michelle Yeoh will become the first Asian artist to receive the honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree from the AFI. The Malaysian actress, with nearly 40 years in the entertainment industry, got her start in Hong Kong films before rising to international fame in the 90s, after starring in films where she did her own stunts and taking roles in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Other notable works in her filmography include Memoirs of a Geisha, Crazy Rich Asians, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. This year, she stars as Evelyn Wang—an Asian immigrant wife and mother trying to be everything for everyone—in the genre-blending film Everything Everywhere All at Once, which has received much widespread critical acclaim, notably for Yeoh’s performance.


Now, per THR, Yeoh will receive an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree from the American Film Institute (AFI) “for contributions of distinction to the art of the moving image.” She will be the first Asian artist to receive this AFI honor. Yeoh will receive her degree during the AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremony celebrating the Class of 2022 on August 13 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

This honor will likely be the first of many Yeoh will receive over the coming months, as she’s been receiving much praise and Oscar buzz for her performance in Everything Everywhere All at Once. While her filmography is long and diverse, she unfortunately hadn’t had the opportunity to take on such a centric, dynamic character and give a truly wowing performance until this film came. Yeoh has opened up about this previously, explaining how it was something she’d been waiting a long time for. It’s no doubt she truly cherishes this role and film for several reasons, and it goes hand in hand with the universal acclaim she’s garnered for it. Her high praise as a top-notch actress was a long time coming, and hopefully, now the industry will fall in line to offer her roles and accolades she deserves, especially as an Asian actress.

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Source: THR

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