To no surprise, Michelle Yeoh rightfully won an Oscar for best actress in a leading role for her role in Everything Everywhere All at Once. The 60-year-old is the first self-identified Asian actress to win the prestigious award.
During her acceptance speech, Yeoh seemingly threw shade at Don Lemon, which left netizens thrilled.
The Crazy Rich Asians actress received a lengthy standing ovation as she walked to the podium to accept her award. During her speech, the Malaysian-born said:
“For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is the beacon of hope and possibilities... and dreams do come true. And ladies, don't let anyone ever tell you you are past your prime.”
It seems as if Michelle Yeoh was referring to CNN host Don Lemon’s dig at Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina. Lemon claimed that Haley should not be critical of other politicians’ ages due to her own. He said on-air:
“This whole talk about age makes me uncomfortable, I think it’s the wrong road to go down. She says people, you know, politicians or something are not in their prime. Nikki Haley isn’t in her prime, sorry. A woman is considered to be in their prime in 20s and 30s and maybe 40s.”
Several netizens applauded Michelle Yeoh’s classy dig at Don Lemon. During her speech, she also called her mother, to who she dedicated the award, a “superhero.” She went on to thank the cast and crew of the applauded movie.
Netizens react to Michelle Yeoh’s Oscars win
Internet users were thrilled to see the worthy actress deserve an Oscar. Many flooded the internet with congratulatory messages and expressed joy.
The Oscar is not the first award Yeoh has received for her work in the movie Everything Everywhere All at Once. She bagged other accolades including a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, an Independent Spirit Award, and a nomination for a Critics’ Choice Award and a BAFTA Award as well.
Michelle Yeoh is the first self-identifying Asian actress to win an Academy Award. In the past, two-time Oscar winner Vivien Leigh chose to identify as white and supposedly hide her Asian ancestry. Cher, Salma Hayek and Natalia Portman, who also have Western Asian ancestry, did not identify as Asian when winning Oscars.