Michelle Yeoh’s mother exclaimed “Malaysia boleh!” after her daughter’s historic Oscars win, making her the first Asian woman to win the Academy Award for best actress. Family and friends in Kuala Lumpur celebrated with tears of joy, while Yeoh’s niece expressed her pride in Yeoh, calling her the “pride not just for Malaysia, but she is the pride of Asia as well.”
Michelle Yeoh makes history as the first Asian woman to win the Best Actress Oscar for her role in “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” beating out strong performances from Cate Blanchett, Michelle Williams, Andrea Riseborough, and Ana de Armas. Yeoh’s win is seen as a beacon of hope and possibility for little boys and girls who look like her and a shattering of the glass ceiling for more Asian representation in Hollywood. Yeoh has a busy upcoming slate, including three new installments of “Avatar” and the movie adaptation of the musical “Wicked.”
The sci-fi film “Everything Everywhere All at Once” won early prizes at the Oscars, including best supporting actor and actress for Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis. The film, which features multiple universes and hot dog fingers, has grossed $100 million at the box office and leads the overall nominations count, with 11. Another strong contender for best picture is “Top Gun: Maverick,” while the lead acting contests are expected to be incredibly tight. The Oscars hope nominations for popular blockbusters will bring viewers back and improve ratings.