Michelle Yeoh posts then deletes 'forbidden' Cate Blanchett takedown over her Oscar wins
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Michelle Yeoh may have landed herself in hot waters with the bigwigs at the Academy Awards after she shared a rogue social media post attacking fellow Best Actress nominee Cate Blanchett.
Yeoh, 60, shared then deleted screenshots of a Vogue article about Blanchett, 53, stating that the Australian star 'already has two Oscars'.
This could land Yeoh in trouble with the Academy for possibly violating the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 'References to Other Nominees' rule for posting the story that suggested Blanchett doesn’t need a third Oscar.
Both are considered front-runners for the coveted Best Actress award.
Michelle Yeoh on Instagram:— Karl Delossantos (@karl_delo) March 7, 2023
“This is not just for me, this is for every little girl that looks like me... We want to be seen. We want to be heard.”
Today is the last day of Oscar voting 👀 pic.twitter.com/IE0bRum0bk
The article read: "Detractors would say that Blanchett’s is the stronger performance — the acting veteran is, indisputably, incredible as the prolific conductor Lydia Tár — but it should be noted that she already has two Oscars,” wrote Radhika Seth in Vogue.
"A third would perhaps confirm her status as an industry titan but, considering her expansive and unparalleled body of work, are we still in need of yet more confirmation?"
The Vogue story continued: "Meanwhile, for Yeoh, an Oscar would be life-changing: Her name would forever be preceded by the phrase ‘Academy Award winner,’ and it should result in her getting meatier parts, after a decade of being criminally underused in Hollywood."
The Everything Everywhere All at Once star posted snaps of the story to her social media accounts hours before voting for the Oscars ended.
The Daily Beast reported that she quickly deleted it.
In her caption, Yeoh wrote: "This is not just for me, this is for every little girl that looks like me... We want to be seen. We want to be heard."
Many leapt to her defence on Twitter.
One Twitter user said: "Michelle Yeoh’s Instagram post was not a personal attack against Cate Blanchett, and neither was the original article she posted. It was an indictment of a system that regularly overlooks, and sometimes even works against, actors and actresses of colour. That is all."
Another tweeted: "Michelle Yeoh screencapped eight slides worth of paragraphs from that article she posted on Instagram! Do not go messing with her reputation during the last week of this thing by acting like she's calling out Blanchett!"
Aside from Blanchett in Tár, Yeoh is up against Ana de Armas for Blonde, Andrea Riseborough for To Leslie and Michelle Williams for The Fabelmans.
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