Michelle Yeoh Deletes Instagram Post That Creates Controversy Over Violating Academy Rules!
This year, the competition for Best Actress is closer than it is for Best Picture. Some of the nominations, like Ana de Armas for Blonde and Michelle Williams for The Fabelmans, were a surprise, but Michelle Yeoh for Everything, Everywhere, All at Once and Cate Blanchett for Tár are the clear frontrunners.
The Daily Beast said that Yeoh got into trouble recently after she shared an Instagram post that may have broken rules about campaigning for the Academy Awards. The actress posted several screenshots of a Vogue article that directly criticises the Academy and talks about how important this year's best actress category is.
Under a picture of the article's bold headline (“It's Been Over Two Years Since We Had a Non-White Best Actress Winner. Will That Change in 2023? “), Yeoh wrote in the caption, “This is not just for me, this is for every little girl who looks like me… We want to be seen. We want to be heard.”
The article goes on to say:
This post on Yeoh's Instagram came just a few hours before the Oscars voting ended on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. ET. The actress took down the carousel just as people online started to comment and call her “messy” or, in some cases, defend her actions.
The post might have been taken down because it might have broken one of the Academy's rules for the campaign. Part B of No. 11, “References to Other Nominees,” says: “Any tactic that singles out ‘the competition' by name or title is expressly forbidden.” Even though Yeoh didn't write these words, it's not clear if “any strategy” means sharing criticism from other publications.
This rule came into play earlier this year when Andrea Riseborough, who was also nominated for Best Actress, got a nomination for her role in Leslie. After the surprise nomination, the Academy “reviewed campaign procedures” and found “concerning social media and outreach campaigning tactics.”
Even though the Academy didn't say what exactly raised eyebrows, they may be referring to a now-deleted Instagram post from the official To Leslie account that once again rips Blanchett's performance in Tár.
“As much as I liked Blanchett's performance in ‘Tár,' my favourite performance by a woman this year was by the chameleon-like Andrea Riseborough in director Michael Morris' searing drama about a mother who has lost everything because of her drinking,” the caption said, quoting a blurb from the Chicago Sun-Times.