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Janet Yang makes history as first Asian president of film organization that hosts the Oscars

  • Esteemed producer Janet Yang just became the first Asian to be elected as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  • The 66-year-old Hollywood veteran, whose film and TV credits include “The Joy Luck Club,” “Shanghai Calling” and “High Crimes,” was elected to her new post on Tuesday.
  • “Janet is a tremendously dedicated and strategic leader who has an incredible record of service at the Academy,” Academy CEO Bill Kramer was quoted as saying. “I am thrilled that she is taking on the esteemed role of Academy President and look forward to working closely with her on our shared vision to serve our membership, celebrate the collaborative arts and sciences of motion pictures, and inspire the next generation of filmmakers.”
  • In June, Yang was also honored by the Academy Museum with the unveiling of one of the museum’s pillars in her name.
  • The Academy, which is an international organization for filmmakers, is known around the world for its annual Academy Awards, also known as the "Oscars."

Film and TV producer Janet Yang has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

With her election, she became the first Asian and only the fourth woman to be elected as president of the film organization since its establishment in 1927. 

AAPI celebrities react to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars

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  • Many AAPI celebrities and personalities have publicly shared their reactions to the now-infamous Oscars moment on Sunday when Will Smith slapped Chris Rock for joking about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.
  • Among them are both those who attended the event in person and those who watched virtually, including Henry Golding, Daniel Dae Kim, George Takei, veteran journalist May Lee, Angry Asian Man Phil Yu, Simu Liu, Chrissy Teigen, Jason Momoa and Jameela Jamil.
  • “Many people, especially kids, look up to actors,” Takei said. ““Because of that, we have an obligation to try to be good role models. With celebrity comes responsibility.”
  • Smith later apologized to Rock in an Instagram post the following day, saying his behavior at the Academy Awards was “unacceptable and inexcusable.”

Many celebrities were left aghast when Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars on Sunday.

For those somehow still unfamiliar with the now-infamous incident, Smith got into a physical altercation with Rock after the comedian joked about the shaved head of Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. While presenting the Oscar for Best Documentary, Rock said, “Jada, I love you. ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see you, all right?”

Changing Hollywood landscape welcomes increased South Asian representation at Oscars

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  • This year, 10 South Asians walked down the Academy Awards red carpet at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, making history as the largest group of South Asians to be nominated for Oscars. 
  • Priyanka Chopra co-hosted a pre-Oscars celebration last week alongside Mindy Kaling, Kumail Nanjiani, Anjula Acharia, Maneesh K. Goyal, Shruti Ganguly and Bela Bajaria to honor South Asian excellence in film and entertainment.
  • Chopra looked back to her early days in Hollywood, sharing a personal story of how she was once one of only two South Asians at a Golden Globes after-party. 
  • Twice-nominated Riz Ahmed emphasized that the movement to increase minority representation — and the challenges that come with it — is a communal one, citing the event as a “platform” for both solidarity and celebration. 

This year, 10 South Asians walked down the Academy Awards red carpet at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, making history as the largest group of South Asians to be nominated for Oscars. 

Among this year’s South Asian nominees were Pawo Choyning Dorji from “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom;” Aneil Karia for “The Long Goodbye;” Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei for “Three Songs for Benazir;” Joseph Patel for his documentary “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised);” Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh and Anurima Bhargava for the documentary “Writing With Fire;” Suroosh Alvi for “Flee;” and Riz Ahmed, who was nominated twice for “Flee” and “The Long Goodbye. 

Vietnamese American actor Kelly Marie Tran arrives to the Oscars wearing a green ao dai

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  • Actor Kelly Marie Tran wore a green ao dai to the 94th Academy Awards ceremony on Monday, marking the first time the traditional Vietnamese dress made an appearance on the red carpet, according to its designer.
  • Designed by Thai Nguyen, the outfit also featured a green khan dong, a traditional Vietnamese headpiece.
  • Tran voiced the role of Raya in Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” and is also known for her appearances as Rose Tico in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”

Vietnamese American actor Kelly Marie Tran arrived at the 2022 Oscars red carpet on Monday wearing a green traditional ao dai designed by Thai Nguyen.

Along with the traditional Vietnamese dress, Tran’s outfit also featured a green khan dong, a traditional Vietnamese headpiece.  

Youn Yuh-Jung Makes History After Winning Oscar for Best Supporting Actress

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Youn Yuh-jung gave an unforgettable speech after making history as the first Korean actress to win an Academy Award on Sunday night.

The 73-year-old star, who has 50 years of film and television credits, won best supporting actress for her performance in “Minari” — Lee Isaac Chung’s semi-autobiographical tale of a Korean family that immigrates to rural Arkansas in the 1980s.

Chloe Zhao Becomes the First Woman of Color to Be Nominated for Best Director

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Chloé Zhao, 38, has just made history again by becoming the first woman of color to be nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards.

The “Nomadland” filmmaker received the Best Director Oscar nomination alongside Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”), marking the first time two women were nominated for the category in the ceremony’s 93-year history.

Child Actor From ‘Parasite’ Has the Most Wholesome Reaction to Watching Best Picture Win on TV


Jung Hyeon-jun’s reaction after the 92nd annual Academy Awards announced the winner for Best Picture is melting the hearts of many social media users.

The 10-year-old actor, who played Park Da-song in “Parasite,” was at home when the Academy Awards announced that the film won for Best Picture, according to Huffington Post. He was reportedly too young to go to the Oscars and to witness the historic moment.

Donald Trump Gets Burned After Mocking ‘Parasite’ Historic Best Picture Win

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President Donald Trump recently mocked the South Korean movie “Parasite” for its historic Best Picture win at the Oscars during his political rally in Colorado.

In his speech, the 73-year-old businessman-turned-president took jabs at the 92nd Academy Awards, particularly for giving Best Picture to “Parasite,” which was directed by Bong Joon-ho, according to Variety.