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Michelle Yeoh toasts historic Oscars win: 'Don't let anyone tell you you are past your prime'

The Everything Everywhere All At Once star dedicated the award to her mum

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 12: Michelle Yeoh accepts the award for Actress in a Leading Role at the 95th Academy Awards in the Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Michelle Yeoh accepts the award for best actress in a leading tole at the 95th Academy Awards. (Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Michelle Yeoh made history at the 2023 Oscars as Everything Everywhere All At Once took home a clutch of major awards.

Yeoh, 60, claimed the Oscar for best leading actress, fending off competition from two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett to become the first woman from an Asian background to win the prize, and only the second woman of colour to take home the trophy.

Taking to the stage, she said: “Thank you, thank you. For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities.

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"This is proof that... dream big, and dreams do come true. And ladies, don’t let anybody tell you you are ever past your prime. Never give up."

Michelle Yeoh, winner of the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for
Michelle Yeoh, winner of the award for best performance by an actress in a leading role for Everything Everywhere All at Once. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

She thanked her directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert and the cast crew on the sci-fi film, saying she wouldn't be 'standing here tonight' without them.

Yeoh then dedicated the award to her mother in Kuala Lumpur who was watching the event via livestream.

“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’s watching right now in Malaysia, KL, with my family and friends. I love you guys, I’m bringing this home to you.

Janet Yeoh, mother of Michelle Yeoh, celebrates after her daughter won in the best actress category during the 95th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, as seen in a live view event at a cinema in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, March 13, 2023. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Michelle Yeoh's mother Janet celebrates after her daughter won the best actress award during the 95th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, as seen in a live view event at a cinema in Kuala Lumpur. (AP)

“And also to my extended family in Hong Kong, where I started my career. Thank you for letting me stand on your shoulders, giving me a leg up so that I can be here today.

"And to my godchildren, to my sisters, all of them. To my brothers, oh God, to my family. Thank you, thank you!

“Thank you to the Academy. This is history in the making. Thank you!”

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Speaking in the winners room later, she told reporters that she had “kung-fud” the “glass ceiling” with her win.

Everything Everywhere All At Once (A24)
Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All At Once. (A24)

“I think this is something that we have been working so hard towards for a very long time and tonight we frigging broke that glass ceiling,” she said.

“I kung-fud it out and shattered it, and we need this because there are so many who have felt unseen or unheard.”