Michelle Yeoh, a Malaysian actress, took home the Oscar on Sunday for best lead actress for her work in “Everything, Everywhere, All at Once” as a Chinese American laundromat owner coping with domestic strife.
Yeoh made history when she became the first Asian woman to be awarded the best actress Oscar for her vivacious depiction of the immigrant business owner thrust into a crazy multiverse in the sci-fi adventure.
Yeoh, 60, was viewed as the favorite for the prize after winning both a Screen Actors Association and a Golden Globe for the part. It was her first consideration for an Oscar.
“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,” Yeoh said while accepting her award. “And ladies, don’t let anybody ever tell you you are past your prime.”
In the movie “Everything Everywhere,” Evelyn Wang, played by Yeoh, is caught in multiple universes while trying to complete her taxes. The science fiction movie is competing for the best picture Award after receiving positive reviews from critics and audiences.
Yeoh began her career in the 1990s in Hong Kong action flicks before becoming the first ethnic Chinese Bond girl in 1997’s “Tomorrow Never Dies” opposite Pierce Brosnan.
Since then, she has found success in a variety of genres, enhancing her standing as a high-profile action figure and formidable performer.
Her most well-known movies include the romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians,” the period drama “Memoirs of a Geisha,” and the 2000 martial arts picture “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” directed by Ang Lee.