American Film Institute (AFI) announced on Friday (August 5) it will bestow honours upon Everything Everywhere All At Once star Michelle Yeoh and AFI Trustee Emeritus Lawrence Herbert.
Yeoh will receive a Doctorate of Fine Arts degree honoris causa for contributions of distinction to the art of the moving image and will become the first Asian artist to receive the honour.
Herbert will receive a Doctorate of Communication Arts degree honoris causa for his commitment to the mission of the American Film Institute. The honourees will collect their awards at AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremony celebrating the Class of 2022 on August 13 at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
“Michelle Yeoh and Lawrence Herbert have inspired the world with their remarkable talents,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI president and CEO. “Though both of these trailblazers have proven impact in vastly different ways, it is their shared dedication to the art of the moving image that provides this proud moment for AFI to shine a proper light upon their gifts given us.”
Malaysian-born actor Yeoh has appeared in more than 70 features and TV series, most recently A24’s first ever film to cross $100m at the global box office, Everything Everywhere All At Once. Credits include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine, Crazy Rich Asians, Memoirs Of A Geisha, the Guardians Of The Galaxy franchise and Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings.
Herbert was the driving creative force behind inventing a range of colour systems including the Pantone Matching System, which have become the standards for global communication of colour in the publishing, computer, film, video and fashion industries, among other sectors.
He joined the AFI board of trustees in 1987 and served until 2017. In 2020, his extraordinary commitment to AFI established the Lawrence Herbert Alumni Center on the AFI Campus.