Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh is breaking barriers and making history with her first Oscars nomination this time, but she is not alone.
Several members of “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, has also made it to the Oscars and they are all first time nominees.
Yeoh is nominated for Best Actress, and she has the distinction of being the first actress of Asian descent to do so.
Yeoh, who is considered a front-runner for the award, expresses that her achievement is not just for herself, but for the Asian community, showing them that it is possible for them to reach the same heights.
She has always been an advocate for representation and diversity in Hollywood.
Earlier this month, Yeoh won the Best Actress In A Musical Or Comedy Motion Picture at the 80th Golden Globe Awards, making her the first Malaysian to achieve such feat.
She became only the second Asian actress to win the award (Awkwafina won the award in 2020 for her role in The Farewell).
Among the cast nominated are Ke Huy Quan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Stephanie Hsu,
For decades, Michelle Yeoh has been a renowned star in Asia, particularly in Hong Kong’s action cinema, where she has starred in numerous films, known for her daring stunts.
She made her Hollywood debut in 1997 in the James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies” and has since appeared in major films such as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”
However, in the indie hit “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, Yeoh finally takes the leading role and is being considered as a potential Oscar winner, says Time.
Yeoh’s success is not only her own, but also for her Asian community as they see her breaking barriers in Hollywood.