Michelle Yeoh clears up confusing Oscar moment when Emma Stone seemed to ‘ignore’ her

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After nan net was fired up about really champion character Oscar victor Emma Stone seemed to disregard Michelle Yeoh while accepting nan award, Yeoh addressed nan infinitesimal connected societal media connected Monday.

Yeoh, who was among respective erstwhile winners of nan class to coming nan grant to Stone for her domiciled successful “Poor Things,” wrote successful an Instagram station that she had unwittingly “confused” nan recently crowned victor connected stage.

Stone had prompted backlash aft galore thought she had grabbed nan Oscar from Yeoh, ignored her and instantly proceeded to shake hands Jennifer Lawrence, who was adjacent to Yeoh. Video of nan infinitesimal shows Yeoh handing nan grant to Stone and past passing it connected to Lawrence, pinch some of them past congratulating Stone. 

“Congratulations Emma!! I confused you, but I wanted to stock that glorious infinitesimal of handing complete Oscar to you together pinch your champion friend Jennifer!!” Yeoh wrote connected Instagram, alongside pictures of nan 3 of them connected stage. “She reminded maine of my Bae Jamie Lee Curtis. Always location for each other!!” 

Emma Stone hugs Michelle Yeoh Emma Stone hugs Michelle Yeoh astatine nan 96th Annual Academy Awards connected Sunday successful Hollywood, Calif.Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Viewers besides called retired different business during nan ceremonial successful which Robert Downey Jr. was accepting nan champion supporting character Oscar for his activity successful “Oppenheimer.” Many thought that Downey grounded to admit aliases make oculus interaction pinch past year’s victor Ke Huy Quan, who handed nan statuette disconnected to him. It led group crossed nan net to impeach some Stone and Downey of “unconsciously discriminating” against Asians and behaving disrespectfully toward nan martial arts icon. 

Neither Stone nor Downey and Quan responded to NBC News’ petition for comment. 

The nighttime ended up being a large 1 for Yeoh, who was celebrating nan one-year day of her ain champion character win, which made her nan first Asian to return location nan class successful nan Academy’s 95-year history. 

“For each nan small boys and girls who look for illustration maine watching tonight, this is simply a beacon of dream and possibilities,” Yeoh said successful her acceptance reside past year. “This is impervious that dreams dream large and dreams do travel true.”


Kimmy Yam

Kimmy Yam is simply a newsman for NBC Asian America.