Michelle Yeoh made history at the 2023 Oscars when Everything Everywhere All At Once took home a slew of major awards.
Yeoh, 60, won the Oscar for Best Actress and fought off competition from two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett to become the first woman of Asian origin to win the award and only the second woman of color to take the trophy took home.
On stage, she said, “Thank you, thank you. For all the little boys and girls who look like me tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibility.
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“This is proof that … have and dream big dreams Do come true. And ladies, don’t let anyone tell you that you’re past your prime. Never give up.”
Thanking her directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert and the sci-fi film’s cast crew, she said she wouldn’t “stand here” tonight without them.
Yeoh then dedicated the award to her mother in Kuala Lumpur, who was livestreaming the event.
“I have to dedicate this to my mom, all the moms in the world because they really are the superheroes and without them none of us would be here tonight. She’s 84 and I’m taking this home to her. She is watching in Malaysia KL right now 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 and put one leg up so I can be here today.
“And to my godchildren, to my sisters, to everyone. To my brothers, oh god, to my family. Thank you thank you!
“Thank you to the Academy. This is history in the making. Thank you very much!”
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Speaking later in the winners’ room, she told reporters that she had the “glass ceiling” with her kung fud win.
“I think that’s something we’ve been working toward for a very long time, and tonight we broke that glass ceiling,” she said.
“I ripped it out and smashed it with kung fud, and we need that because there are so many who have felt unseen or unheard.”