Yeoh eyes Oscars for new film 'The Lady'

IPOH: International superstar Datuk Michelle Yeoh hopes her upcoming film The Lady, based on the life of Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, will be nominated for several Academy Awards next year.

"If the media continues to give the film good publicity and reviews, it could become a reality," Yeoh told reporters during a press conference on the International Ipoh Run 2011 here yesterday. She is the ambassador for the event.

The Ipoh-born Yeoh, who was in award-winning films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of the Geisha, said she also hoped to be nominated for Best Actress for her role in the movie.

She said the shooting for The Lady wrapped up early this year, adding that the film was a great honour and tribute to the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who celebrated her 66th birthday on Sunday.

"I would like to wish her good health and stability for her country and fellow citizens. I will be actively promoting the film around the world until its premiere screening," she said.

The film, directed by French filmmaker Luc Besson, would be released by the end of the year.

On her future plans, Yeoh said she was supposed to shoot another film beginning this week.

"However, the director fell sick and it has been postponed to next year," she said.