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Michelle Yeoh makes history as the first Asian woman to win an Oscar

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Jakarta, IO – The 2023 Academy Awards brought surprises. For the first time in the last 95 years, an Asian actress won an Oscar. Malaysian born Michelle Yeoh made history by becoming the first Asian to Asian to win a best actress trophy at the Academy Awards for playing Evelyn Wang in the sci-fi comedy film Everything Everywhere All At Once, reported CNBC Indonesia, Monday (13/3).

She managed to beat other nominees, including Cate Blanchett (Tár), Anna de Armas (Blonde), Andrea Riseborough (To Leslie), and Michelle Williams (The Fablemans). Her co-star Ke Huy Quan meanwhile won the best supporting actor. “Mom, I just won an Oscar!” sobs the 51-year-old actor of Vietnamese-American descent.

Ke Huy beat out Brenda Gleeson, Brian Tyree Henry, Judd Hirsch and Barry Keoghan. He also did not believe he could win an Oscar. “My journey started on a boat. I spent a year at a refugee camp, and somehow I ended up here,” Ke Huy recounted his long journey from Vietnam to the Oscar stage.

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Everything Everywhere All At Once was leading with 11 nominations and won seven. Other than Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan, Jamie Lee Curtis also won best supporting actress. The superhero comedy also won best original screenplay, best director (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), best film editing (Paul Rogers), and best picture. (at)

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