Michelle Yeoh to be honoured with Groundbreaker Award at Toronto International Film Festival


The 'Crazy Rich Asian' star is set to receive the Toronto International Film Festival’s inaugural TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award at the festival's Tribute Awards on Sept 11. Photo: AFP

Another month, another new achievement for Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh. That's just how the Malaysian actress rolls!

The Crazy Rich Asian star is set to receive the Toronto International Film Festival’s inaugural TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award at the festival's Tribute Awards on Sept 11, reports US trade publication Deadline.

According to TIFF, the award recognises "a woman who is a leader in the film industry and has made a positive impact for women throughout their career".

In a statement, TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey said that Yeoh is the definition of a groundbreaker.

"Her screen work has spanned continents, genres and decades. This year she delivered a performance in Everything Everywhere All At Once that shows her limitless abilities. We’re so proud to honour her with the Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award,” Bailey added.

At the annual festival this year, actor Brendan Fraser will also be presented the TIFF Tribute Award for Performance while Spectre director Sam Mendes will receive the TIFF Ebert Director Award.

Earlier this month, Yeoh was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts by the American Film Institute.

In May, Time magazine named Yeoh as one of its 100 Most Influential People Of 2022.

One of the hardest working actresses in Hollywood today, the 60-year-old Malaysian has five projects released or due for release this year alone – Everything Everywhere All At Once, The Minion: The Rise Of Gru, Paws Of Fury: The Legend Of Hank, The School Of Good And Evil and Avatar: The Way Of Water.

“My guiding light is you do it because you want to do it – with passion. Our life is a gift, and hopefully when it’s time to go I will say, ‘I lived it to the fullest',” Yeoh told Town And Country magazine on her work ethic.

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