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Bond girl Michelle Yeoh recipient of Kirk Douglas Award

By: Anders Frejdh
Michelle Yeoh Kirk Douglas Award
Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, Wai Lin in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, received the 15th annual Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film on December 9th last year at a Black-Tie dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara. This marks the first time since the passing of screen legend Kirk Douglas that the honor was awarded.

The event benefitted Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s year-round educational programs and was the most successful fundraiser in the festival's history.

In her acceptance speech, the amazing Michelle Yeoh thanked SBIFF director Roger Durling, Michael Douglas and the committee that now oversees the Kirk Douglas Award for choosing her to receive it. And she highlighted one of her favorite quotes of Kirk’s, “You must be brave enough to fail,” noting that it had also applied to her own career performing daring stunts in Hong Kong action films and in the Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies: “You’ve got to be brave enough to fail, and you can’t let fear stop you.”

Watch the full Michelle Yeoh acceptance speech for the 2022 Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film:

Since 2006, the annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film has been awarded to a lifelong contributor to cinema through their work in front of the camera, behind, or both. Previous honorees have been Martin Scorsese, Hugh Jackman, Dame Judi Dench, Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, and John Travolta.

Furthermore, Yeoh is currently the frontrunner for a Best Actress Academy Award for her performance as Evelyn Wang in Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022).

For more information about Michelle Yeah's career on the big screen, check out her IMDB profile.



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