Michelle Yeoh to receive International Star Award at Palm Springs film awards

BAFTA Award nominee Michelle Yeoh will receive the International Star Award, Actress, for her role in the film "Everything Everywhere All At Once" at the Palm Springs International Film Awards.

The Film Awards will take place in person on Jan. 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with the Palm Springs International Film Festival running through Jan. 16. The 2022 festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In "Everything Everywhere All At Once," directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, an interdimensional rupture threatens to unravel reality, and the fate of the world is suddenly in the hands of a most unlikely hero: Evelyn (Yeoh), an overwhelmed immigrant mother. As bewildering dangers emerge from the multiverse, she must channel her newfound powers to save her home and her family. The A24 film, which recently won Best Feature at the Gotham Awards, also stars Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, James Hong and Jamie Lee Curtis. The film received eight Independent Spirit Award nominations, including Best Feature and Best Lead Performance for Yeoh.

“Michelle Yeoh is everything in the exhilarating film Everything Everywhere All at Once. In one of the most memorable roles of her career, Yeoh plays Evelyn Wang, a Chinese American woman who is recruited to save the multiverse,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “For this film that is a fantastic showcase for Michelle Yeoh, it is our honor to present her with the International Star Award, Actress.”

Michelle Yeoh is recognized as one of the greatest and the most successful actresses from the East. She recently completed production on Kenneth Branagh’s "A Haunting in Venice" and can next be seen in Netflix's prequel series, "The Witcher: Blood Origin," Disney+’s "American Born Chinese" and Netflix’s "The Brothers Sun." Other recent credits include Paul Feig's "The School For Good and Evil," CBS's "Star Trek: Discovery" and Marvel's "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings."

She is best known for her roles in "Crazy Rich Asians," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Memoirs of a Geisha," "Tomorrow Never Dies" and "Sunshine."

Past recipients of the International Star Award, Actress include Nicole Kidman, Helen Mirren, Saoirse Ronan and Charlize Theron. Last year’s recipient, Penélope Cruz, went on to receive a Best Actress Academy Award nomination.

Yeoh joins this year’s previously announced honorees: Cate Blanchett (Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress), Colin Farrell (Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor) and Sarah Polley (Director of the Year Award).

Ema Sasic covers entertainment and health in the Coachella Valley. Reach her at ema.sasic@desertsun.com or on Twitter @ema_sasic.

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