16 Aug - Michelle Yeoh is now officially the first ever Malaysian actor to be awarded the honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts by the American Film Institute.
The actress, who appeared at the ceremony as part of the film school's class of 2022, expressed in her speech the need for more young filmmakers to keep the momentum going.
"Telling stories is a privilege none of us should take for granted. We are time travellers, world builders, change-makers. A scene you shoot on an average Tuesday may seed the dreams of a young child somewhere far away, inspire a future superstar or even begin an important conversation in our society."
In a lighter note, the now Dr. Michelle Yeoh expressed, "You have made my mother the happiest mother in the world today."
"I think now she actually thinks I'm an adult with a real job. I had to keep telling her, 'I'm not a real doctor, I don't write prescriptions, mum.' But she can go around telling everyone, 'My daughter is a doctor.'" "Everything Everywhere All At Once" directors The Daniels (aka Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) presented the honour to the actress.