Actress, Mythical Films
The veteran actress is reaping some of the biggest awards and best reviews of her career
Michelle Yeoh had already racked up an impressive body of work over four decades in the entertainment industry by the time 2022 rolled around. The veteran actress’ blockbuster year began in March, when she was named to Time magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People, in the same month that the highly acclaimed Everything Everywhere All at Once premiered in US theatres.
In August 2022, Yeoh became the first Asian to receive an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the American Film Institute. A month later, the actress flew to Canada to accept the inaugural TIIF (Toronto International Film Festival) Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award, in recognition of her positive impact for women throughout her career. In October, the actress was among Elle’s 22 Women in Hollywood, an annual tribute honouring “the best and the brightest in the industry.”
The latter part of the year saw the release of Witcher: Blood Origins and The School for Good and Evil on Netflix, along with James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water, in Yeoh played supporting roles. In December, Time magazine again honoured Yeoh by naming her Icon of the Year.
But that wasn’t the end of her stellar run. Her role in Everything Everywhere All at Once, as a harried laundromat owner navigating the multiverse, proved to be a major milestone: Michelle Yeoh took home the award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical at the 80th Golden Globes held in January 2023, generating further buzz for the Academy Awards.
The Malaysian actress began her career in 1984, appearing in a string of Hong Kong action films that eventually saw her rise to fame as a martial artist in the 1990s with films like Police Story 3: Super Cop (1992), The Heroic Trio (1993), Tai Chi Master (1993) and Wing Chun (1994). In 1997, she made the transition to Hollywood and appeared in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. In 2000, she starred in Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, appearing again in its 2016 sequel Sword of Destiny.
Other films of note include Memoirs of a Geisha, The Lady, Master Z: Ip Man Legacy, and Crazy Rich Asians, where she was lauded for her performance as Eleanor Young.
Golden Globe for Best Actress - Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
The Asian Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinema for Crazy Rich Asians
Outstanding Contribution to Asian Cinema
Did You Know?
At one point, Michelle Yeoh was quite serious about ballet that she travelled to London to enrol at the Royal Academy of Dance.