Michelle Yeoh becomes first Asian to win best actress Oscar
Michelle Yeoh made history Sunday by winning the Academy Award for best actress.
Yeoh took home the Oscar for her starring role in the psychedelic comedy drama “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” The accolade makes her the first Asian actress to win in the category.
Echoing the theme of her film, which centered heavily on immigrant motherhood, Yeoh paid tribute to her own mother.
"I have to dedicate this to my mom, all the moms in the world," an emotional Yeoh said. "Because they are really the superheroes, and without them none of us would be here tonight."
Yeoh’s Oscar is particularly significant given the history of Asian actors and the Academy Awards. Yeoh, who was born in Malaysia, is only the second Asian actress to be nominated in her category; however, she is considered the first “openly” Asian actress with the distinction.