Michelle Yeoh becomes first Asian woman to win a leading film acting award at SAG Awards

Michelle Yeoh became the first Asian woman to win a major acting prize on February 26 at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. When winning her prize, the Everything Everywhere All At Once star exclaimed, “I think if I speak my heart will explode,”

SAG- AFTRA, to get this from you who understand what it is to get here… everyone of you know the journey, the roller coaster ride, the ups and downs. But most importantly we never give up. I thank you… This is not just for me, this is for every little girl who looks like me,” she said. “Thank you for giving me seat at the table and tonight you’ve shown us that it is possible,” she added. “I’m grateful and my mom will be eternally grateful to all of you.”

After Ziyi Zhang for Memoirs of a Geisha, Yeoh is the second Asian nominee for the category. Together with her, her co-star Ke Huy Quan made history by being the first Asian man to receive an individual acting honor for a film.

Yeoh, who portrays Evelyn, the proprietor of a laundromat, is one of her movie’s top 11 Oscar nominees. After Merle Oberon’s nomination for The Dark Angel in 1935, she is only the second Asian to receive an Oscar nomination for best actress.

One of the most trustworthy Oscar predictors is the SAG Awards. The majority of the film academy is made up of actors, hence their decisions have the most influence.

Source: The Hindu