Oscar 2023: At 94, James Hong, star of ‘Everything Everywhere’, attends his first Oscars

Oscar 2023: At 94, James Hong, star of 'Everything Everywhere', attends his first Oscars

It is a memorable moment for Chinese American actor, producer, and director, James Hong as he attends his first Oscars ceremony.

The ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’s’ star appeared at the Oscars at the age of 94, nearly a century after the awards began.

On ABC’s red carpet at the Oscars preshow, Hong said;

“It’s a great pleasure to be here, the first time to be at the Academy Awards. Here I am, after 70 years, I’m here. Actually, I’m 94!”

‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ has the most nominations of any movie at the 95th Academy Awards, receiving 11 total nods, including one for the Best Picture category.

Hong, who plays Gong Gong in the sci-fi adventure film, started his acting career in the 1950s. Speaking on the movie’s nomination, Hong said,

“It shows if you wait long enough, you’ll make it. I’m very happy my mother fed me those bitter herbs. It carried me to 94 and 1 month — I’ve got to count it by month now. This movie, Everything Everywhere All At Once, gave me the chance to be here today.”

The veteran actor is also hopeful that his first Oscars appearance won’t be his last. He said

“It takes perseverance though all these years to make it. And through my 500 movies and TV, I’m here. I hope to be here next year and the year after. When I’m 100, I’ll come back and say hello to everybody”.

Hong has appeared in nearly 500 TV roles, more than 150 feature films, 30-plus short films and 20-plus video games. He’s appeared in Seinfeld, The Big Bang Theory, Chinatown and Big Trouble in Little China.

Hong has also starred in several animated films, notably voicing Mr. Ping in the Kung Fu Panda series and villain Chi-Fu in Disney’s Mulan.

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