Oscar nominations 2023 – Chinese fans celebrate as Michelle Yeoh lands first ever Asian Best Actress nomination

Posted on 26 January 2023
By Annabel Ostell
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The Oscar Awards nominations have been announced and Chinese fans are elated after their beloved Michelle Yeoh received a nomination for Best Actress.

Michelle, 60, who stars in Everything Everywhere All At Once said: “I think what it means to me is all those Asians out there go, ‘You see, it’s possible.

“If she can do it, I can freaking well do it as well.’ That is the most important thing”.

Malaysian-born Michelle may be the first Asian woman to be nominated for this award, but fans hope she certainly won’t be the last.

The comedy-drama Everything Everywhere All At Once received nominations for a total of 11 different awards, including fellow first time nominee Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu, up for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Movie fans took to Twitter to express their admiration for Jamie Lee Curtis and their shock that this is first ever Oscar nomination, especially given her impressive filmography.

The award ceremony will take place on the 12th of March and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

The wildly popular Black Panther: Wakanda Forever received five nominations, making global superstar Rihanna officially a nominee for the song Lift Me Up.

This sequel to the Oscar-winning 2018 movie Black Panther has the chance to scoop a handful of golden statuettes, with Angela Basset up for Best Supporting Actress.

However many friends were left confused after the lack of recognition for historical-drama The Woman King. This film was unable to snag any nominations, despite starring Viola Davis, who is a frequent recipient of awards for her acting prowess.

“Viola Davis did not put her whole heart and soul into the woman king to be snubbed like this…” said an angry fan on Twitter.

The movie is based on the true story of the Kingdom of Dahomey, and received a total of 115 nominations for other awards. This includes BAFTAs, Critic’s Choice Awards, a Golden Globe and even a Grammy nomination.

Olivia Wilde’s debut directing gig Don’t Worry Darling didn’t manage to rack up any nominations either, after it received mixed reviews by critics and Harry Styles’ acting was continually bashed online.

This year’s award ceremony will be the 95th edition, with the first ever award show taking place in 1929.

The nominations were announced by 2022 Oscar winner Riz Ahmed, as well as star and executive producer of horror film M3GAN, Allison Williams.

The German film All Quiet On The Western Front incredibly received nine nominations, and none were for acting. The film is based on the popular book of the same name, and was nominated for International Feature Film, Music (Original Score), Best Picture and Writing (Adapted Screenplay) amongst more.

Austin Butler, Paul Mescal and Brendan Fraser pocketed their first Oscar nominations, for the movies Elvis, Aftersun and The Whale, respectively. The three actors are nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

The Mummy star Brendan, received a six minute standing ovation for his performance as a morbidly obese teacher trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter, when The Whale was shown at the Venice Film Festival.

What do you think about this year’s nominations? Do you think anyone got snubbed unfairly? Let us know in the comments below.