Hunt won an Oscar for portraying a half-Asian male photographer in The Year of Living Dangerously

Footage of Linda Hunt as Billy Kwan from The Year of Living Dangerously was included in a montage presented at the Oscars, resulting in backlash.

During the 2018 Oscars, a montage sequencing showcasing past Best Supporting Actress winners, Linda Hunt was featured for her role in 1983’s The Year of Living Dangerously.

In the film, Hunt played a half-Asian male photographer by the name of Billy Kwan. Hunt’s performance was awarded the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress later that year.

Hunt’s portrayal of Billy Kwan is now largely regarded as ‘yellowface’ for recreating Asian features through makeup.

Many were quick to pick up this year’s Oscars montage that featured Hunt as Billy Kwan.

“That was Linda Hunt in yellowface as ‘Billy Kwan’ during that Best Supporting Actress montage but sure let’s pretend like it’s worth casual inclusion,” Vulture writer E. Alex Jung tweeted.

all about inclusivity and diversity this year, but still includes a clip of Linda Hunt as Billy Kwan,” wrote another Twitter user.

“Third montage for Best Supporting Actress had a great lineup of women until I saw Linda Hunt playing Yellow face and she won an Oscar for it,” said another.

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