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Michelle Yeoh wins Best Actress, becoming 1st Asian woman to do so

By Akemi Tamanaha, Associate Editor

Michelle Yeoh has won Best Actress for her performance in Everything Everywhere All At Once as Evelyn Wang, a Chinese American immigrant trying to manage her laundry business and maintain harmony within her family.

Yeoh is the first Asian woman and the second woman of color to win the lead actress award at the Oscars. Halle Berry was the first, winning the award in 2001 for her stunning performance in Monster’s Ball. Berry greeted Yeoh on stage with a huge smile and a hug.

“For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities,” Yeoh said in her acceptance speech. “This is proof that dreams do come true. And ladies, don’t let anybody tell you that you are ever past your prime. Never give up.”

Like Quan, Yeoh also gave a shout-out to her mother in her speech.

“I have to dedicate this to my mom, all the moms 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 said.

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