What a win for Michelle Yeoh! The Everything Everywhere All at Once actress took home the Best Actress for a Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy award, beating out talented actresses Lesley Manville, Margot Robbie, Anya Taylor-Joy and Emma Thompson for the honour.
In her speech, Michelle thanked the “two Daniels – directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert” for having the courage to write about a very ordinary immigrant, aging woman and that playing Evelyn in the movie was “the best gift”. Not only because it resonated with her personally, fighting for love and for her family but also because as a 60-year-old woman who thought she had a good run with her career and that “this was it”, along came Everything Everywhere All at Once.
The 60-year-old Golden Globe winner basked in the moment as she proudly stood on stage with her award. And nope, the superstar definitely won’t be played off the stage right in the middle of her speech. As music started to play midway through her speech – the kind that tells you to hurry up and cut it short, Michelle jokingly told producers to “shut up please”, I can beat you up and that’s serious.”
A Phenomenal Comeback
It was also a great night for her movie husband Ke Huy Quan who also took home the award for Best Supporting Actor. In his very touching speech, he thanked Steven Spielberg who took a chance on him and cast him 30 years ago in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The actor said that as he grew older, he started to wonder if that was it, if it was all just luck. “For so many years, I was afraid I had nothing to offer. No matter what I did, I would never surpass what I achieved as a kid.”
Like Michelle, Ke Huy Quan, 51, tearfully thanked the two Daniels for helping him find answers and for giving him more than he could have hoped for. “Thankfully, more than 30 years later, two guys thought of me. They remembered that kid and they gave me an opportunity to try again. Everything that has happened since has been unbelievable”. Everything Everywhere All at Once marks Ke Huy Quan’s return to the industry since retiring back in 2002 at 31 years old and boy, what a comeback it’s been!
Congratulations to this year’s winners!