It appears congratulations are in order for Sandra Ng Kwan-yue who just received a huge honour when she was invited to join the ranks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – aka the folks who vote on who gets to take home the coveted little gold statue called Oscar.
Taking to social media to share the exciting news, the 56-year-old Hong Kong actress and now film director and producer looked like she still couldn’t quite believe it yet when she excitedly showed the email to her followers. “At 2:30 in the morning today, I received an email. Before going to bed, I checked my email and saw a note sent to me by the Academy. When I opened it, it was congratulating me for becoming a member. All the while I thought ‘Oscar? Oscar! The golden statue? Are you kidding me?’ She said she kept going “Oh my god” at which point even her partner Peter Chan woke up. “I can finally break into the core of Hollywood and be side by side with Tom Cruise and Meryl Street? Friends, I’m sooo happy. I’ll accept the invite immediately!”
Sandra is one out of the 397 artists invited by The Academy to join its esteemed ranks this year. Amongst those invited? Oscar nominees and 15 winners including Ariane DeBose, Billie Eilish, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jessie Buckley etc so Sandra clearly is in very good company. Amongst her works recognised by the Academy are Sandra’s 2010 film Echoes of the Rainbow and her 1998 film Portland Street Blues, a spin-off of the Young and Dangerous film series, which saw her win Best Actress in the Hong Kong Film Awards and a Best Actress nomination for a Golden Horse. Sandra played Sister Thirteen who eventually rose through the ranks of the triad to become its leader.