Michelle Yeoh, Oscar voter
Michelle Yeoh has become the first Malaysian asked to be one of the voters who decides who gets the Oscars.
She's one of 176 actors and directors who have been invited by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences to join the panel that selects the nominees and winners for the Academy Awards, the most prestigious movie accolade. She'll be casting her ballots for the 85th Oscars on 24th February 2013.
Among the others invited to the ranks are:
Andy Serkis (The Lord Of The Rings),
Diego Luna (Milk, Y Tu Mamá También),
Jean Dujardin (The Artist, Oscar winner for Best Actor),
Jessica Chastain (The Help, Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actress),
Jonah Hill (Moneyball, Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actor),
Kerry Washington (The Last King Of Scotland),
Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike),
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actress),
Octavia Spencer (The Help, Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress),
Sam Rockwell (Cowboys & Aliens, Iron Man 2),
Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, Oscar nominee for Best Director).
Also making the list is Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai, famous for art-house fares like In The Mood For Love, Happy Together and 2046. Michelle, 48, and Kar Wai, 53, follow in the footsteps of other Asian stars like Ang Lee, Chen Kaige, Jet Li, Joan Chen and Zhang Ziyi who have all become Academy members.
Michelle's had two close brushes with the Oscars. In 2001, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was nominated for 10 awards, mostly for techincal achievement, and won four Oscars including Best Foreign Language Film. In 2006, Memoirs Of A Geisha received six nominations in the technical categories and won three.
However, her last movie The Lady, based on the life of Aung San Suu Kyi, failed to generate much critical or box-office buzz.
The Academy is composed of around 6,000 members who work in the motion picture industry in Hollywood. It does not include the guy who pirates the videos during awards season for your bootleg DVD consumption.
Published: 2nd July 2012