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May 19, 2024 3:02 pm

Michelle Yeoh becomes first Asian to win best actress Oscar

In a historic moment for Asian representation in Hollywood, Michelle Yeoh has become the first Asian actress to win the Academy Award for Best Actress. Yeoh won the award for her performance in the film “Falling Leaves,” which tells the story of a Chinese woman who defies societal expectations to pursue her dreams.

Yeoh, a veteran actress known for her roles in films like “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Memoirs of a Geisha,” has long been a trailblazer for Asian actors in Hollywood. Her win at the 95th Academy Awards is a landmark achievement that is being celebrated by fans and fellow actors alike.

In her acceptance speech, Yeoh expressed her gratitude to the Academy and to the cast and crew of “Falling Leaves.” She also spoke about the importance of representation in Hollywood and the need for more diverse stories to be told.

“I am so honored to receive this award, and I am proud to be the first Asian actress to do so,” Yeoh said. “But this is just the beginning. We need more stories that reflect the diversity of our world, and more opportunities for actors of all backgrounds to share their talents on the big screen.”

Yeoh’s win is a significant moment for the Asian community, which has long been underrepresented in Hollywood. Despite the recent success of films like “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” Asian actors and filmmakers still face significant barriers in the industry.

However, Yeoh’s win is a sign of progress and a reminder of the power of representation. As more diverse stories are told and more actors from underrepresented communities are given a chance to shine, the face of Hollywood is slowly but surely changing.

The 95th Academy Awards were a night of celebration and recognition for the best films and performances of the year. But for many viewers, Yeoh’s win was the highlight of the night and a moment that will be remembered for years to come.

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