Michelle Yeoh’s Best Actress Oscar nomination has garnered praise from Chinese supporters, who have dubbed her “the pride of Chinese people everywhere.”
Yeoh received the nomination for her lead performance in Everything Everywhere At Once, which also brought home the Golden Globe Award for her earlier this month.
Many Chinese viewers were ecstatic as word of the Asian superstar’s Oscar nomination spread on social media.
If she wins, she will be the first Asian woman to win in her category.
Michelle Yeoh is the first woman of Chinese heritage and a Malaysian descent to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress.
With Everything Everywhere All At Once receiving 11 nominations, this year’s Academy Awards nominations have been especially beneficial for actors of Asian heritage.
Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, and director Daniel Kwan, who also worked with Yeoh, received similar honours.
Quan is competing for Best Supporting Actor, a former child star who initially rose to popularity in Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom.
Hsu is nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and Kwan and co-director Daniel Scheinert are both vying for Best Director.
Hong Chau, a Vietnamese-American actress, was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Whale.
But among Chinese people, for whom Michelle Yeoh is well-known, the announcement of her nomination generated the most discussion.
In the 1990s, she originally became well-known for her appearances in Hong Kong action films with actors like Jackie Chan and Jet Li.
She rose to fame in Hollywood because to her roles in the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies and the Oscar-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
She has appeared in Star Trek: Discovery and Crazy Rich Asians more recently. Michelle Yeoh appears in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
On the Chinese social media site Weibo, where the hashtag regarding her nomination has been viewed 130 million times, one commentator said, “Make Asian women proud.”
According to a Taiwanese Facebook user, “Everyone appreciates her totally since she has shattered so many barriers and expanded their viewpoints.”
She is doing it for all of us, a different internet user commented.
The demand for an uncut version of Everything Everywhere was made by numerous Weibo users in China. Although the movie has already been screened in numerous Asian countries, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, mainland China has not yet seen it since it has a strict limit on foreign films.
In March, there will be an Oscars ceremony.