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‘Turning Red’ Director Domee Shi On Oscar Nom For Her Personal Story & What That Recognition Means For The Asian Community

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When Domee Shi learned that Turning Red had been nominated today, she says she was struck by a “crazy mix of emotions.” “I’m mostly over the moon and excited, but still kind of in shock,” she told Deadline. “To be honest, with all of the crazy shit that’s been happening in California with the shootings, I’m still trying to process that, but also this amazing news that our film has gotten nominated and what it means for the Asian community and what it means for me to have this film that’s so personal be recognized by such a global audience.” Based on Shi’s own childhood, the film follows a 13-year-old Chinese Canadian girl coming into adolescence. “I hope that for all of the kids and young adults dealing with the messiness of puberty and growing up, and fighting with their moms, that this movie can help heal them, can make them laugh and can help them understand and process the crazy emotions inside of them.” Although the film is about a Chinese Canadian family, Shi was very happy that the film appealed to a much wider audience. “I think that the most relatable aspect of this movie is that feeling that we’ve all had where we wake up one day and we don’t recognize our bodies,” she says. “Like suddenly we shot up a couple feet and we grew a bunch of hair all over our bodies.

We’re hungry all the time, we’re horny, we’re angry at our parents… I think that phenomenon resonated with everybody.” RELATED: Oscar Nominations 2023: Deadline’s Complete Coverage The most important thing for Shi was to bring about a conversation about how people of different cultures and generations process their emotions. “It’s been such an amazing experience having audience members, of the Asian community and of other immigrant communities, come

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