Michelle Yeoh gets SAG ‘Best Actress’ honour as movie sweeps awards (video)

LOS ANGELES, 27 Feb 2023:

Fresh after getting Golden Globes recognition, Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh has received the ‘Best Actress’ honour as her movie Everything Everywhere All at Once swept the 29th edition of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

The film directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert pocketed four of the five awards it was nominated for at the ceremony held in Los Angeles last night – winning the event’s biggest honour for outstanding performance by a cast, among others.

Apart from Yeoh, the movie garnered top awards of ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for Ke Huy Quan and ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for Jamie Lee Curtis.

“My first movie was with Clark Gable. Back in those days, I have to tell you this, the leading roles were played by these guys with their eyes taped up,” veteran actor James Hong said while accepting the best ensemble award with the rest of the cast.

“And the producer said that Asians were not good enough, and they are not box office. But, look at us now, huh?”

Hong, whose film career spans seven decades, also joked about Curtis’ name. “We’re not all Chinese. But, ‘Jamie Lee’ is a good Chinese name.”

The movie is already the favourite to win the best picture Oscar after having bagged the award in that category at both the Critics’ Choice and Producers Guild Awards.

The only award the movie failed to pick up was best actor, which went to Brendan Fraser for The Whale.

The Banshees of Inisherin, directed by Martin McDonagh, which won big at the Bafta Awards earlier this month, was the big disappointment of the day, not picking a single trophy in the five categories it was nominated in.

The SAG Life Achievement Award, given to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” was presented to Sally Field by Andrew Garfield, with whom she worked together in the two The Amazing Spider-Man films.

The event also honoured the most outstanding works on television.

HBO Max’s The White Lotus won best drama series while ABC’s Abbott Elementary took home the best comedy series award.

Jennifer Coolidge and Jason Bateman respectively took home the awards for best actress and best actor in a drama series for their roles in Netflix’s Ozark.

The best actress in a comedy series went to Jean Smart for HBO Max’s Hacks and the best actor award to Jeremy Allen White for Hulu’s The Bear.

Sam Elliott won best actor in a television movie or limited series for his role in Paramount+’s 1883 and Jessica Chastain bagged best actress for Showtime’s George & Tammy.

The 29th edition of the SAG Awards, which has a voting body of 122.600 members, was aired live on Netflix’s official YouTube channel.