Michelle Yeoh Makes History As First Asian Best Actress Oscar Nominee
Michelle Yeoh just made history as the first Asian nominated in the Best Actress category at the Academy Awards on Tuesday morning.
The news comes just weeks after the Last Christmas actress, 60, became the first Malaysian to win a Golden Globe.
‘I think what it means to me is all those Asians out there go, ‘You see, it’s possible. If she can do it, I can freaking well do it as well.’ That is the most important thing,’ she told Deadline following the news.
She continued: ‘I’m very ordinary. I just work very hard. There are so many brilliant actresses, actors out there who know that they have a seat at the table.’
The Shang-Chi star went on to encourage others to ‘find an opportunity and get there.’
Last month, Yeoh said the win would be for the ‘whole Asian community.’