Michelle Yeoh wins the award for Best Actress at the 2023 Golden Globe Awards for her performance in “Everything Everywhere All At Once.”
It was the first time Yeoh would win the award in her 40-year career. She’s also the second Asian to win the award, after Awkwafina for 2019’s “Farewell”.
The other actresses nominated in the category were Lesley Manville for “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris,” Margot Robbie for “Babylon,” Anya Taylor-Joy for “The Menu,” and Emma Thompson for “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.”
“I’m just gonna stand here and take this all in,” she began. “40 years, not letting go of this. So just quickly, thank you Hollywood Foreign Press for giving me this honor. It’s been an amazing journey and incredible fight to be here today, but I think it’s worth it.”
“I remember when I first came to Hollywood, it was a dream come true until I got here,” she continued.
“Look at this face. I came here and was told, ‘You’re a minority,’ and I’m like, ‘No, that’s not possible.’ Then, someone said to me, ‘You speak English.’ I said, ‘Yeah, the flight here was about 13 hours long, so I learned.'”
“As time went by — I turned 60 last year and I think all of you women understand this — as the days, the years and the numbers get bigger, it seems like opportunities start to get smaller as well,” said Yeoh, adding that there came a time where she thought to herself, “You had a really good run.”
“Then along came the best gift: ‘Everything, Everywhere All at Once.’”
“This movie for me was such an homage to so many women like that around us who are sometimes invisible, who we take for granted,” she said.
“There’s so many relatable things, and all because they were chasing the American dream. … We all know that it’s so hard. I think any immigrant that comes here will tell you how difficult it is and of sometimes failing and not being able to find it.”
Yeoh’s career dates back to the 80s in Hong Kong, before she broke out in Hollywood in 1997 James Bond movie, “Tomorrow Never Dies.”