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Michelle Yeoh Becomes First Asian Best Actress Film Winner at the Screen Actors Guild Awards

“I think if I speak my heart will explode,” Michelle Yeoh says on stage at the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Of course, the rest of us are all watching on with exploding hearts too, because Michelle has just made history as the first Asian woman to take home a leading film acting award in SAG Awards history!

“SAG-AFTRA, to get this from you who understand what it is to get here… every one of you know the journey, the roller coaster ride, the ups and downs. But most importantly we never give up”, she says.

“This is not just for me, this is for every little girl who looks like me,” Michelle adds before throwing in a few curse words, mich to the audience’s delight.

Michelle, who was honoured for her portrayal of Evelyn Quan Wang in Everything Everywhere All At Once, is the second Asian woman to be ever nominated for Best Actress in film. The first was Ziyi Zhang in 2005 for her role in Memoirs of a Geisha. Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra Oh has also previously won in the television categories along with Squid Games’ Lee Jung-jae and Hoyeon Jung. 

And making it an extra special night for the Everything Everywhere family, Ke Huy Quan won the award for Best Supporting Actor whiles Jamie Lee Curtis won Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role.

(Feature Image Credit: DFree/Shutterstock)

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.

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