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Michelle Yeoh is making history as the first Asian woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress

Michelle Yeoh is making history as the first Asian woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress

He watches: Michelle Yeoh is making history by winning her first Oscar

Michelle Yeoh won the Academy Award for Best Actress at the 2023 Academy Awards Sunday night for her performance in “Everything Everywhere Every Time.”

Yeoh, who was born in Malaysia and is a legend in the Hong Kong action movie world, also made history as the first Asian woman to win Best Actress in the 95-year history of the Academy Awards.

This was Yoh’s first Academy Award nomination.

“For all the little boys and girls watching me tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibility,” Yeoh said in her acceptance speech, adding, “Dream big and dreams come true.”

The actress also gave a shout out to the women, saying, “Ladies, don’t ever let anyone tell you you’re past your prime. Never give up.”

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Michelle Yeoh attends the 95th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, March 12, 2023.

Yeoh dedicated the win to her 84-year-old mom, who she said she’s been watching at home in Malaysia, as well as “all the moms in the world because they really are superheroes, and without them, none of us would be here tonight.”

Yeoh, who starred in 2018’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” played Evelyn Wang in “Everything Everywhere at Once.” The film was written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, better known as “Daniels”.

The film follows Evelyn, a Chinese American immigrant who runs a laundromat and must contact parallel versions of herself to save the multiverse — all while under scrutiny by the IRS and trying to connect with her family, including her husband, Waymond Wang (Ke). Huy Quan) and her daughter Joy Wang (Stephanie Hsu). The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and James Hong.

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Stephanie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh, and Kei Hui Quan in a scene from Everything Everywhere at Once.

Yeoh also won Best Actress at the Golden Globe Awards, Independent Spirit Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards this season, taking the lead Sunday night against fellow Best Actress nominees Cate Blanchett (Tarr), Ana de Armas (“Blonde”), Andrea Riseborough (“To Leslie”) ) and Michelle Williams (“The Fabelmans”).

At the 95th Academy Awards, Everything Everywhere at Once topped this year’s block of films with a total of 11 nominations, including Yeoh’s nod for Best Actress.

Click here for more 2023 Oscars coverage from Good Morning America.