Michelle Yeoh says ‘dreams to come true’ as she makes Oscars history with win

Michelle Yeoh says ‘dreams to come true’ as she makes Oscars history with win

Michelle Yeoh gave an emotional speech at the Oscars as she was awarded Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Everything Everywhere All At Once.

Accepting her award from Halle Berry and Jessica Chastian, Michelle, 60, said in her speech: “Thank you. For all the little boys and girls who look like me who are watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities. This is proof that dreams dream big, and dreams do come true.

“And ladies, don’t let anyone ever tell you that you’re past your prime.”

Michelle continued: “I have to dedicate this to my mum, all the mums 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 added: “This is history in the making.”

The actress had already won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in the offbeat comedy drama.

Her Academy Award win makes her not only the second person who isn't white to win the Oscar for Best Actress, but also the first from an Asian background.

Halle Berry, who presented Michelle’s Oscar to her, was the first Black woman to win the award. She won it for the 2001 film, The Monster’s Ball.

Michelle fought off competition from two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, Ana De Armas, Andrea Riseborough and Michelle Williams.

Just moments after Michelle’s moving speech, Everything Everywhere All At Once went on to win Best Picture – marking its seventh Oscar.

Producer Jonathan Wang paid tribute to his wife and father as the sci-fi epic scooped the coveted award.

“This award is ours [and] it's intimidating speaking up here let me just tell you that,” he said as he accepted the prize.

“I never thought I would get to say this so let me say this with one voice, thank you to the Academy.”

Addressing his wife, he added: “If all this shiny stuff and tuxedos go away then I would happily do laundry with you for the rest of my life.”

Director Daniel Kwan paid tribute to all the storytellers that sheltered each other from the “chaos” of the world, saying “these stories have changed my life”.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Ke Huy Quan also won Oscars for the film, with Ke Huy going on to move viewers to tears with his acceptance speech.


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