For the first time in history, an Asian woman has won the Best Actress Oscar. This groundbreaking achievement was made by veteran actress Michelle Yeoh at the 92nd Academy Awards.
Yeoh took home the award for her performance in the critically acclaimed movie, “The Farewell”. In the film, Yeoh portrays a Chinese-American woman who returns to her hometown in China to say goodbye to her ailing grandmother, who does not know she is dying. The movie deals with themes of cultural identity and the universal need for closure.
Yeoh’s win was met with much celebration from the Asian-American community, who have long been under-represented in Hollywood. This was especially significant given the lack of Asian representation in the best actress category in the past.
In her acceptance speech, Yeoh thanked the Academy for “opening the doors of opportunity” to Asian actors and actresses. She also gave a special shout-out to her grandmother, who she said was the inspiration for her performance.
Yeoh’s win marks an important milestone in the Asian-American community and is a sign of progress in terms of representation in Hollywood. It is a major step forward in recognizing the talent of Asian actors and actresses, and in opening up more opportunities for them in the future.