Actress Michelle Yeoh receives a doctorate from the American Film Institute
LOS ANGELES — Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh has been a Bond Girl, a Star Trek captain, a Tiger mom — and now she can add “doctor” to her impressive list of titles.
The film and television veteran received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the American Film Institute (AFI) on Saturday (August 13) for his “distinguished contributions to the art of the moving image.”
Trade outlet The Hollywood Reporter said Yeoh, 60, received the honor at the opening ceremony for AFI’s Class of 2022, held at the historic TCL Chinese Theater on the Hollywood Walk of Famous.
AFI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of filmmaking and its various disciplines, and includes a conservatory that offers Masters of Fine Arts degrees in directing and screenwriting, among other subjects.
During his acceptance speech for the award, Yeoh noted that “telling stories is a privilege that none of us should take for granted”.
“We are time travelers, world builders, change makers. A scene you shoot on an average Tuesday can seed the dreams of a young child somewhere far away, inspire a future superstar or even start a important conversation in our society,” she added. .
She also paid homage to her early roles in Hong Kong action films such as Yes, Madam (1985) Supercop (1992), and how she began her stunt training learning to fall.
“I was convinced I was being pranked. I was like, ‘When am I going to be able to do the real stuff? I don’t know how to get off? That lesson stuck with me until today. I had to learn how to fall,” said the star who went on to headline international hits such as the martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) and the romantic drama Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005).
Yeoh has drawn buzz at the awards shows for his most recent film, Everything Everywhere All At Once. The sci-fi film has grossed over US$100 million (S$137 million) at the global box office since its March release.
Next, she’s set to appear in Avatar: The Way of Water, the long-awaited sequel to James Cameron’s Avatar (2009), slated for release in December.