Michelle Yeoh to receive honorary doctorate from American Film Institute
The 60-year-old star of Everything Everywhere All At Once is being celebrated for “contributions of distinction to the art of the moving image”.
Malaysia-born actress Michelle Yeoh will be awarded a Doctorate of Fine Arts by the American Film Institute (AFI) for “contributions of distinction to the art of the moving image”, reported The Hollywood Reporter (THR).
According to AFI, she will become the first Asian artiste to receive the honour.
She will be presented with the honorary doctorate on Aug 13 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood at AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremony celebrating the class of 2022.
The 60-year-old Yeoh has numerous television and film credits to her name including Crazy Rich Asians; Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the recent, critically-acclaimed Everything Everywhere All At Once, which is garnering her Oscars buzz.
A fellow honoree is Lawrence Herbert, who is credited as the inventor of a variety of colour systems, including the Pantone Matching System. He will be conferred a Doctorate of Communication Arts.
“Michelle Yeoh and Lawrence Herbert have inspired the world with their remarkable talents,” AFI’s president and CEO Bob Gazzale told THR.
“Though both of these trailblazers have proven impact in vastly different ways, it is their shared dedication to the art of the moving image that provides this proud moment for AFI to shine a proper light upon their gifts given us.”
Yeoh and Herbert are in good company as these are just some of the past recipients of AFI’s honorary degrees: Maya Angelou, Carol Burnett, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Jodie Foster, Spike Lee, Lily Tomlin and Rita Moreno.