Everything Everywhere star James Hong attends his first Oscar ceremony at 94: ’70 years later, here I am’

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About a moment in the making: everything together everywhere‘S james hong Attended the Oscars for the first time at the age of 94.

“It’s a great pleasure to be here, to be here for the first time Academy AwardsHong said on ABC on the red carpet of the oscars Submit on Sunday. “Here I am, after 70 years, here I am. In fact, I am 94!”

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everything together everywhere Is Most nominations for any film At the 95th Awards, it received a total of 11 nods, including one for the Best Picture category.

Hong, who played Gong Gong in the science fiction adventure film, began his acting career in the 1950s.

“It just goes to show that if you wait long enough, you’ll make it,” Hong said on Sunday. “I’m so glad mom fed me those bitter herbs. It brought me to 94 and 1 month – I have to count it by the month now. This movie, everything together everywhereGave me the opportunity to be here today.”

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The Chinese American actor also hopes that his first Oscars appearance will not be his last.

“However, it should take so many years to build it,” he said. “And through 500 movies and TV, here I am. I hope to be here next year and the year after.”

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He said, “When I’m 100 years old, I’ll come back and say hello to everyone.”

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It’s been an eventful awards season for Hong, who received a standing ovation After telling the audience last month at the 2023 SAG Awards about his acting debut with Clark Gable 70 years ago.

“In those days, I must tell you, the lead roles were played by these people who were blindfolded like this and they talked like this, because the producer said that the Asians were not good enough and They weren’t at the box office.” Hong accepted the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Award with him, saying everything Everywhere classmate.

Then he added, “But look at us now, huh?”

James Hong attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California.

James Hong attends the 95th Annual Awards on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California.

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Hong’s resume includes nearly 500 TV roles, over 150 feature films, over 30 short films, and over 20 video games.

he has appeared in seinfeld, big bang theory, Chinatown And big trouble in little china, Hong has also starred in several animated films, most notably voicing Mr. Ping. Kung Fu Panda Disney series and villain Chi-Fu mulan,

Hong has been married twice: first to Pearl Huang, whom he divorced in 1973 after about six years of marriage, and then to his current wife susan hongWith whom he married in 1977. He and Susan, 70, share daughter april hong44, which he brought along as his date to the 2023 Oscars.

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For Sunday’s ceremony, Hong complemented her suit with a blue bow that featured googly eyes, a gesture everything together everywhere,

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