After Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh (楊紫瓊) swept the Best Actress Awards at the 94th National Board of Review Awards and Golden Globes for her outstanding performance in absurdist comedy film Everything Everywhere All at Once, she made history again with her Best Actress win at the Oscars 2023!
Beating out Tár’s Cate Blanchett, Blonde’s Ana de Armas, The Fabelmans’s Michelle Williams, and To Leslie’s Andrea Riseborough, Michelle became the first Asian woman and second woman of color to accept the Best Actress Award in Oscars’ entirety of 95 years!
Receiving the trophy from a happily tearful Halle Berry who was the first woman of color to win the award, Michelle also shed tears of joy as she started her speech, “Thank you, thank you. For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities. This is proof that…dream big, and dreams do come true.”
Michelle also sought to motivate all females, “And ladies, don’t anybody tell you that you are ever past your prime. Never give up.” Not forgetting to thank her mother, she continued, “I have to dedicate this award to my mom, all the moms in the world, because they are really the superheroes and without them, none of us would be here tonight. She’s 84 and I’m taking this home to her. She’s watching right now in Malaysia, with my family and friends. I love you guys, I’m bringing this home to you. And also, to my extended family in Hong Kong, where I started my career. Thank you for letting me stand on your shoulders, giving me a leg up so that I can be here today.”
In Everything Everywhere All at Once, Michelle portrays a Chinese immigrant mother who ]suddenly plunged into a multiverse. Challenged to illustrate a chaotic mix of emotions as she deals with family and career crises, Michelle also showcased her amazing martial art skills..
Michelle’s performance earned her multiple awards including the Best Lead Performance at the 38th Independent Spirit Awards and the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role at the 29th Screen Actors Guild Awards.
This article is written by Minna for JayneStars.com.