Actor Michelle Yeoh has deleted her Instagram post that highlighted an article about the Best Actress in a Leading Role race at the Oscars, which may have violated the Academy’s rules. The Malaysian actor, who has been nominated for her performance in the multiverse-spanning Everything Everywhere All At Once, is the frontrunner in the category to win, which can be historical on the grounds that it’d make Michelle the first Asian actor to win the award within the Academy’s nearly 100 yr-antique records.
Just hours before the Oscars voting closed on March 7, Michelle shared screenshots of a Vogue article written via Radhika Seth titled “It’s Been Over Two Decades Since We’ve Had a Non-White Best Actress Winner. Will That Change in 2023?” which highlighted the lack of diversity in the category- with only one woman of color winning in the category for Halle Berry in 2001 for Monster’s Ball, and Michelle’s historic Screen Actor’s Guild win that could pave the way for the Academy win.
This. Michelle Yeoh shared an article that was nine slides long about systemic racism in the industry and in The Academy – written by someone else! – and if you’re only paying attention to ONE slide and not the broader point of the piece, you’re missing the forest for the trees. https://t.co/40rR2MZ5tH pic.twitter.com/GkXVaHVTrw
— Zoë Rose Bryant (@ZoeRoseBryant) March 7, 2023
Going into the Oscars night on March 13, the most important competition for Michelle Yeoh inside the Best Actress category is Cate Blanchett, nominated for her performance in Tar. Cate has gained most of the critics circle awards and the Golden Globe, Critics Choice, and BAFTA. The article, whose screenshots Michelle highlighted on her Instagram additionally took notice of the possibility of Cate’s win, acquired severe backlash from customers online. “Detractors might say that Blanchett’s is the stronger performance—the performing veteran is, without a doubt, high-quality as the prolific conductor Lydia Tár—but it should be mentioned that she already has two Oscars. A third might perhaps affirm her fame as an industry titan; however, considering her vast and unparalleled body of work, are we in want of extra affirmation? Meanwhile, for Yeoh, an Oscar could be life-changing: her name could always be preceded by means of the phrase ‘Academy Award winner,’ and it needs to bring about her getting meatier components after a decade of being criminally underused in Hollywood,” said the article.
Michelle deleted the post rapidly afterward, after having gathered a variety of detractors online that called her out for concentrating on the other nominee Cate Blanchett in her post. It may also have violated one of the rules of the Academy. As stated in no. Eleven, “References to Other Nominees,” Part B of the rule of thumb of The Academy reads: “any tactic that singles out ‘the competition’ by way of call or titles are expressly forbidden.”
The Academy has no longer made any comments on the equal.