WEEK IN WOMEN: Michelle Yeoh Represents – Brandy McDonnell Reports

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When the Oscar nominations are announced on Jan. 22, we’ll see whether the blockbuster romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians gives Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) her long-awaited shot at an Academy Award. If Yeoh gets a supporting actress nod this year, she will be only the sixth actress of Asian descent ever to be nominated in the history of the Academy. Crazy Rich Asians made more than $236 million at the worldwide box office so far. The film’s all-Asian cast – the first in a major Hollywood production since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club, which if you’re doing the math at home, is a mind-boggling 25-year gap – is credited with making Crazy Rich Asians the biggest rom-com release in a decade. “It is very, very empowering,” Yeoh has said of the film’s success, but how will that translate into gold and golden opportunity? Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.