Michelle Yeoh on Passing Emma Stone's Oscar to Jennifer Lawrence

A heartwarming Oscar moment redefines the meaning of victory.

by Nouman Rasool
Michelle Yeoh on Passing Emma Stone's Oscar to Jennifer Lawrence
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At the 2024 Academy Awards, a unique and touching moment unfolded as Michelle Yeoh, the star of "Everything Everywhere All At Once," ingeniously orchestrated a special exchange during the Best Actress award presentation. Yeoh, who had the honor of presenting the award, chose to momentarily pass Emma Stone's Oscar to Jennifer Lawrence before Stone officially received it on stage.

This gesture, as Yeoh later explained, was a heartfelt nod to the strong bond between Stone and Lawrence, akin to her own friendship with Jamie Lee Curtis. On a Monday follow-up, Yeoh shared her intentions behind this memorable act.

"I might have puzzled you, but my aim was to let you and your best friend Jennifer jointly revel in the joy of receiving your Oscar," Yeoh expressed on social media. She drew a parallel between the celebrated friendship of Stone and Lawrence and her relationship with Curtis, her co-star in "Everything Everywhere All At Once," who clinched the Best Supporting Actress award the previous year.

Friendship Over Awards

This act of camaraderie momentarily confused audiences and stirred some unjust speculation regarding its nature.

However, Yeoh's clarification underscored the significance of friendship and support within the competitive landscape of Hollywood. Lawrence, who clinched her Best Actress Oscar in 2013 for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook," was part of an esteemed group presenting this year's nominees, including Sally Field, Charlize Theron, and Jessica Lange, all of whom have previously been honored by the Academy.

Stone emerged victorious among a strong field of contenders, securing her second Oscar win, her first being for "La La Land" in 2017. In her acceptance speech, Stone acknowledged her fellow nominees, particularly Lily Gladstone, whose performance had garnered significant acclaim.

"I share this with you," Stone said, extending a gesture of camaraderie and respect towards Gladstone. This year's Oscars not only celebrated cinematic achievements but also highlighted the enduring power of friendship and solidarity in the film industry, as exemplified by Yeoh's thoughtful gesture and Stone's gracious acknowledgment of her peers.

Jennifer Lawrence