Michelle Yeoh Makes History as First Asian Best Actress Oscar Nominee: “This Is Beyond Just Me”

The 60-year-old Malaysian born actress wowed the audience and critics alike in Everything Everywhere All At Once.

Michelle Yeoh | (L) Getty Monica Schipper (R) IMDb

Award seasons are always anticipated by movie lovers across the world and the lineup for the 2023 Oscar is absolutely epic. It’s hard to tell who might take home the prestigious award but we are delighted to see Michelle Yeoh become the first Asian actress to ever get nominated for the trophy of Best Actress this year. Her role in Everything Everywhere All At Once, the 2022 sci-fi adventure film has got the entire world talking about the veteran actress. The entire crew of the film can rejoice as well as Everything Everywhere All At Once is leading the Oscar race with a whopping 11 nominations. Needless to say, the actress is overwhelmed and stunned at her historic nomination.


According to The Hollywood Reporter, the iconic actress emotionally responded to her nomination and quoted:

We are a little movie that has such a great, loving, beating heart that so many people relate to. And I think that is the reason why we are here today with all these nominations because we’re just getting an outpouring of love — it’s been such a healing process. Not just in the movie, but for our audience as well, as they walk through the journey with this crazy woman called Evelyn Wong.

Yeoh has been getting rave reviews for her performance ever since the movie was released last year. She plays Evelyn Wang, a Chinese immigrant who operates a laundromat in the west and whose life is slowly falling apart. However, she gets unwillingly entangled in an epic cross-dimensional adventure where she needs to draw abilities and knowledge from different versions of herself in the parallel universe and ultimately save the multiverse.

The 60-year-old actress has surely made history by getting nominated but it's the validation from her peers that matters most to her.

I’ve been in the movie business now for 40 years. When you have validation from your peers, all that is like the cherry on the cake. But the reason why you do films and you present your babies out to the world is that you want the story to be told, you want the people to understand, whether it’s your culture, whether it’s certain very poignant stories, or important tales, to be told. I think this is beyond just me. It represents so many who have hoped to be seen in this way, to have a seat at the table, to say, ‘I am of value too, I need to be seen too.

We'll be keeping our fingers crossed to see the most deserving actress win this year's revered Academy award.