HomeAAPI ActorsAfter 69 years in Hollywood, James Hong gets his Oscars moment

After 69 years in Hollywood, James Hong gets his Oscars moment

By Akemi Tamanaha, Associate Editor

On Sunday night, at the age of 94, legendary actor James Hong attended his first Oscars ceremony.

Hong has been acting in the film industry for over 69 years. According to Nancy Wawng Yuen, an author and sociologist who shouted out Hong on Twitter, the actor has been in over 650 movies and television shows.

Last year, Hong became the oldest actor to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 93 years old. The star was the result of a petition started by actor Daniel Dae Kim in 2020.

Hong played the father of the main character, Evelyn Wang, in Everything Everywhere All at Once. He arrived before the Oscars ceremony sporting a bowtie with googly eyes.

“It’s a great pleasure to be here, the first time to be at the Academy Awards,” Hong said on ABC’s On the Red Carpet at the Oscars pre-show. 

Asian American activists like Phil Yu were delighted to watch Hong get up on the stage when Everything Everywhere All at Once won Best Picture.

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