WEEK IN WOMEN: TIFF’s inaugural Share Her Journey Award to Michelle Yeoh – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Esteemed performer Michelle Yeoh will receive the inaugural TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award during this month’s Toronto International Film Festival.

The TIFF Tribute Awards, presented by BVLGARI, will return Sept. 11 as in-person gala fundraiser during the 47th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, which is Sept. 8-18.

“Michelle Yeoh is the definition of groundbreaking,” said TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey in a statement. “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.”

The TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award recognizes a woman who is a leader in the film industry and has made a positive impact for women throughout their career. The inaugural award is inspired by TIFF’s Share Her Journey initiative, which was created to address gender parity in the film industry, to champion women at every stage of their creative journey, and to shine a spotlight on women creators making a significant difference in the industry.

Launched in 2017 – and now a permanent initiative as part of TIFF’s broader Every Story fun – Share Her Journey is TIFF’s commitment to address gender parity by broadening opportunities for women at every stage of their careers. To date, TIFF has raised more than $3 million to provide direct support to women along their creative journeys, from inspiration to a finished product showcased on TIFF platforms.

Over her nearly 40-year career, Yeoh has become renowned as one of the most accomplished and versatile actors in the world. She has broken barriers and inspired generations of audiences with her performances, including her most recent lead role in the hit film Everything Everywhere All at Once, as well as her turns in the Oscar-winning epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the James Bond entry Tomorrow Never Dies and the groundbreaking romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, among others. 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.