Michelle Yeoh immortalised in a cartoon in 'The New Yorker' magazine


Liza Donnelly's cartoon of Michelle Yeoh at the Oscars, which appeared in 'The New Yorker' magazine's social media channels. Photo: LIZA DONNELLY/The New Yorker

Michelle Yeoh made cinema history as the first Asian Best Actress Winner at the Oscars for her performance in Everything Everywhere All At Once. The news created a major splash around the world, especially at home in Malaysia, with the Ipoh-born Yeoh's triumph seen as one of the defining and inspiring stories of the 95th Academy Awards held in Hollywood, California.

Images of Yeoh posing with the golden Oscar will remain an enduring memory for pop culture fans for years to come.

The New Yorker, an American weekly magazine focused on politics and culture, humour and cartoons, fiction and poetry, and cultural reviews and criticism, went a step further by immortalising Yeoh in one of its famous editorial cartoons.

Liza Donnelly, 68, an American cartoonist and writer, best known for her work in The New Yorker and a resident cartoonist at CBS News, was assigned to "live draw" at the Oscars and she drew two cartoons of Yeoh, including a lovely sketch of the actor sharing her unforgettable acceptance speech with the world.

The New Yorker put up Donnelly's cartoon of Yeoh on its social media channels to celebrate the Oscars.

“Did any of you watch the Oscars last night (March 12 in the US)? I very much enjoyed them, from my perspective of constantly drawing. I felt a joy in the air - perhaps the joy of celebrating movies, yes, but also a joy of being back together,” wrote Donnelly on the Substack platform.

Donnelly's Academy Award drawings also appeared on her “Seeing Things” online series, a reader-supported publication.

“As you know, I drew all week, below are my drawings from last night on the Red/Champagne Carpet and then from the Media Interview Room, where winners come to answer questions. I hope you enjoy!” she added.

Donnelly's cartoons from the recent Oscars can be viewed here.

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