The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave the Oscar for best actress in a leading role to an Asian woman for the first time in its 95-year history. Michelle Yeoh accepted the Oscar for her role in Everything, Everywhere, All at Once. In the movie, she plays Evelyn Wang, a first-generation Chinese immigrant who owns a laundromat and is the center of the movie’s absurd multiverse.
As Yeoh approached the podium to accept her award, she got a long-standing ovation.
She held up the Oscar statue and said, “This is a sign of hope and possibility for all the little boys and girls who look like me and are watching tonight.”
“And ladies, don’t let anyone tell you you are past your prime.”
She told her mother, whom she called a “superhero,” that she won because of her.
The Malaysian-born Yeoh Became A Star Of Hong Kong Cinema Before Coming To Global Attention In Films Like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Memoirs Of A Geisha, Tomorrow Never Dies, and Crazy Rich Asians. This was the first time she was up for an Oscar.
Yeoh told Alisa Chang of All Things Considered last April that she thought Asians could finally get a more prominent voice in Hollywood and society.
She said, “All we have to do is rock the boat and tell people to look at us.” “Give Us A Chance—Because, Guess What? We live in your world. We are a part of society and a very, very important part of this community as a whole. We will only get more chances if we fight for them and can no longer say, “Okay, I’ll turn the other cheek.” No more turning the other cheek!”
Before tonight’s ceremony, Yeoh’s work in Everything, Everywhere, All at Once had won her many awards, including a Golden Globe, an Independent Spirit Award, several local film critics awards, a Sag Award, and nominations for a Critics’ Choice Award and a Bafta Award.
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