Everyone knows who Michelle Yeoh is now thanks to the cult hit Everything Everywhere All At Once, but she’s been around for far longer than most realize. Soon, Yeoh will be honored for a lifetime of achievements, when she becomes the recipient of the 15th annual Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film.
This award, of course, is the first of its kind that Kirk Douglas himself won’t be around to see given out. But they got Michael Douglas to say something: “A well-deserved honor for the legendary and multi-talented Michelle Yeoh. She has been entertaining and thrilling us in films since the 1980s …… AND she does her own stunts!! Bravo Michelle!”
Since crossing over from the Hong Kong cinema where she got her start, Yeoh has been in pretty much every Hollywood film with even a light Asian theme over the past 30 years, including Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 1 & 2, Rob Marshall’s Memoirs of a Geisha, and Jon Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians, along with Roger Spottiswoode’s James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies and Danny Boyle’s Sunshine. She’s been in Marvel movies like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and, more recently, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. And like the living Douglas said, Yeoh is the real deal, and performed every one of those leaps and kicks from the past three decades on her own with no cheating.
Yeoh will next appear on the big screen in James Cameron’s Avatar sequels and Paul Feig’s The School for Good and Evil. She also has several TV roles lined up including Netflix’s The Witcher: Blood Origin and the Disney+ series American Born Chinese. The 15th annual Kirk Douglas Award will be given out Friday, December 9 at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara.