Michelle Yeoh Clarifies Emma Stone’s Oscars Incident Amid Racism Accusations

Michelle Yeoh - Emma Stone Oscars Moment Ignites Accusations of Racism

In Hollywood’s biggest night, the 96th Academy Awards, controversy found its way onto the red carpet once again. This time, it surrounds none other than Emma Stone, who clinched her second Oscars for her performance in Poor Things. She wasn’t the only one facing scrutiny. There was also Robert Downey Jr.’s perceived oversight in acknowledging Ke Huy Quan, who presented his Best Supporting Actor award for Oppenheimer. Their victory lap has been marred by accusations of discrimination against Asians. It comes at a time when public scrutiny over these award ceremonies is at its highest, as seen in the Taylor Swift – Celine Dion controversy from last month’s Grammys.

It all started with a seemingly innocuous gesture during the awards ceremony. As Emma Stone stood poised to accept her well-deserved trophy, eagle-eyed viewers caught a subtle switcheroo that set tongues wagging. Instead of directly receiving the award from Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, the award was handed to her close friend and fellow actress, Jennifer Lawrence to give to Emma. Cue the collective gasps and raised eyebrows across the internet interpreting this move as a snub since Emma went on to hug J-Law.

The ladies at the 96th Academy Awards

Amidst the swirling controversy, a ray of light emerged in the form of Michelle Yeoh’s gracious response. The previous year’s Best Actress winner took to social media to address the speculation head-on, offering her heartfelt congratulations to Emma Stone while dispelling any notions of ill will.

Congratulations Emma!! I confused you, but I wanted to share that glorious moment of handing over the Oscar to you together with your best friend Jennifer!! She reminded me of my Bae Jamie Lee Curtis ♥️✨ always there for each other!” Yeoh also shared a photo of herself sharing a hug with Emma and posing with the ladies backstage.

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