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8 Apr

Michelle Yeoh Wins Kering’s 2023 Women in Motion Prize

WINNING STREAK: The rewards carry on coming for Michelle Yeoh. Hot off an awards season that saw her scoop an Oscar and a Golden Globe, amongst other prizes, the Malaysian-born actress has been named because the winner of Kering’s 2023 Women In Motion Award.

The ceremony will likely be held in the course of the French luxury group’s annual dinner to honor women in cinema on the Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 16 to 27.

Yeoh became the primary Asian to win the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in “The whole lot All over the place All at Once” and has used the platform of various awards ceremonies to deliver speeches touching on issues akin to diversity, racism and ageism.

“Through her iconic roles, Michelle Yeoh has managed to shatter every stereotype,” François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive officer of Kering, said in a press release.

“Along with the Festival de Cannes, we wanted to acknowledge her significant contribution to cinema, and her ability to encourage future generations of talent. Presenting her with the Women In Motion Award was the apparent alternative,” he added.

Yeoh said she was “very moved” to receive the Women in Motion award.  

“I’m convinced that times are changing; public awareness has definitely grown in recent times. It’s vital that girls — in front of the camera and behind it — keep playing roles and telling stories that reflect the variety and complexity of the world,” she said.

Previous recipients of the prize, launched in 2015, include Viola Davis, Salma Hayek, Gong Li, Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon and Jane Fonda.

Best known for her roles in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Crazy Wealthy Asians,” Yeoh is having fun with a profession resurgence that highlights her skills each as an actress and an action-film heroine.

Amongst her upcoming projects is the film adaptation of the stage musical “Wicked,” “Avatar 3” and the Disney+ series “American Born Chinese,” resulting from premiere on May 24.

“We’re thrilled to be honoring Michelle Yeoh, an actress who’s passionately dedicated to her movies and has made her mark on the industry in so many various ways, and who we had the good pleasure of welcoming to the jury of the Festival de Cannes in 2002,” said Thierry Frémaux, director of the Cannes Film Festival.

“Throughout her profession, she has relentlessly explored recent possibilities — to the purpose where this has develop into her trademark for a big international audience. The awards she is receiving are simply the inevitable final result of this exceptional journey,” he said.

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