The seasoned actress made history as the first Asian to win Best Actress for her role in Everything Everywhere All At Once.
In a history-making win, Michelle Yeoh accepted the Best Performance by a Female Actor nod for her role in Everything Everywhere All At Once at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) Awards Sunday night. The Malaysian actress is the first Asian woman to win the category.
A teary-eyed Yeoh received a standing ovation from the crowd as she made her way to the podium. “I think if I speak my heart will explode,” she opened in her acceptance speech.
“SAG-AFTRA, to get this from you, who understands what it is to get here, every one of you know the journey, the rollercoaster ride, the ups and downs, but most important, we never give up,” she said. “I thank you for your love, for your support, because I know I’m up against titans, rightly so.”
The actress then turned around and had the audience laughing as she cursed. She then began to address representation in her speech.
“This is not just for me, this is for every little girl that looks like me,” she said. “Thank you for giving me a seat at the table because so many of us need this. We want to be seen, we want to be heard and tonight, you have shown us that it is possible. And I am grateful, and my mom will be eternally grateful to you.”
She also quoted SAG Awards 2023 Lifetime Achievement awardee Sally Field’s speech earlier in the program. “Sally Field, you said all the right things because we are here because we love what we do, and we will never stop doing this because we really, really love it,” she mentioned.
Earlier this year, Yeoh became the first Malaysian to win a Golden Globe, receiving the nod for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy-Motion Picture for Everything Everywhere All At Once. She also made history as the first Asian to be nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards.
Overall, Everything Everywhere All At Once received four SAG awards, including Best Cast in a Motion Picture, Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Ke Huy Quan, and Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Jamie Lee Curtis.
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