Michelle Yeoh Becomes First Malaysian To Win Golden Globe For Best Actress In A Comedy

"40 years. Not letting go of this."

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Michelle Yeoh has become the first Malaysian to win a Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical

On Tuesday, 10 January, Michelle Yeoh made history at the Golden Globes, nabbing the award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical film, making her the second Asian to win in the category and the first Malaysian to do so.

Besting her other nominees, which included Lesley Manville in Mrs Harris Goes to Paris (2022), Margot Robbie in Babylon (2022) , Anya Taylor-Joy in The Menu (2022), and Emma Thompson in Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (2022), Yeoh took the prize home for one of the most talked-about films of 2022, Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022).

Yeoh's victory comes just three years after Awkwafina's win in The Farewell (2019), which made history as the first Asian Best Comedy or Musical Actress winner. According to American media publication Gold Derby, Yeoh is just the seventh woman of Asian descent to be nominated in this category.

Yeoh walking the red carpet at the 80th Golden Globe Awards (2023).

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"I'm just gonna stand here and take this all in. 40 years. Not letting go of this."

In her acceptance speech, Yeoh thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who are the organisers for the Golden Globes yearly, among others for her win.

"It's been an amazing journey and an incredible fight to be here today. But I think it's been worth it," she said in her speech.

Speaking on her experience in Hollywood, Yeoh reflected on her struggles becoming an actress, and what it's been like to be an ageing actress in the industry.

"This is also for all the shoulders that I stood on, all who came before me who look like me, and all who are going on this journey with me forward. Thank you for believing in us," she said in her closing thoughts.

Watch Yeoh's full acceptance speech at the 80th Golden Globes below:

Last September, Yeoh became the first actress of Asian descent to be awarded an honorary doctorate from the American Film Institute (AFI):

Yeoh was also named TIME Magazine's Icon of the Year for 2022:

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