Having watched very few of this year's nominated movies or followed the run-up to the Oscars, the first time I saw Sharon Choi acting as Bong Joon-ho's translator was onstage when he won his first of four Oscars. I loved how she nodded as she listened to him speak in Korean, then turned to the microphone and seemingly effortlessly conveyed his thoughts in English. Apparently, the aspiring-filmmaker-and-translator turned down all other press requests but has written a lovely piece in Variety about her experiences over this awards season.
Zu Orzu is an illustrator and comic book artist originally from Singapore, now based in LA. Her style is dark, with layers of color and shadow, and a strong sense of mystery. I am drawn to her portraits — check out this one of Prince! — and her way of seeing the world. See more of her work and follow here at @zuorzu.
Alex Borstein, an actress currently in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, wrote about being smart and spunky in the December 2019 issue of InStyle. I don't know much about her — haven't watched TMMM — but I responded strongly to her view of her own power, need to speak up and out for herself, and realization that smarts would outlast physical beauty. She says, "I am not without fear, but I am bold. I take chances, not risks. Chance carries with it hope and possibility." I love that!
BONUS LINK: Alex Borstein interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air