Asian Pride: Michelle Yeoh Will Receive Toronto International Film Festival's Groundbreaker Award - The Scene

“She has broken barriers and inspired generations of audiences with her performances, including her most recent lead role in the hit Everything, Everywhere, All at Once,” the TIFF said.

Michelle Yeoh will receive the inaugural Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award presented by BVLGARI.

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The TIFF Tribute Awards will return to an in-person gala fundraiser. This will take place during the 47th edition of the film festival on September 11 at Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

“Michelle Yeoh is the definition of groundbreaking,” TIFF chief executive officer Cameron Bailey said.

“Her screen work has spanned continents, genres, and decades. This year she delivered a performance in Everything, Everywhere, All at Once that shows her limitless abilities. We’re so proud to honor her with the Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award.”

The film festival officially said Yeoh is “one of the most accomplished and versatile actors in the world.”

It cited her nearly four-decadelong career that includes over 70 credits.

Awards-season bellwether

The TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award recognizes a “woman who is a leader in the film industry and has made a positive impact for women throughout their career.” It aims to address gender parity in the film industry, champion women at every stage of their creative journey, and shine a spotlight on women creators making a significant difference in the industry.

Yeoh joins the recently announced list of 2022 TIFF Tribute Award honorees. These include Academy Award-winning Icelandic artist and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, Welsh Egyptian filmmaker and screenwriter Sally El Hosaini, actor Brendan Fraser, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes, and the ensemble of My Policeman.

According to the TIFF, its tribute awards have served as an awards-season bellwether. Past honorees like Jessica Chastain, Roger Deakins, Anthony Hopkins, Joaquin Phoenix, Taika Waititi, and Chloé Zhao have gone on to win international accolades.

Banner Photo by Michelle Yeoh via Instagram.

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