Nobody is going to play Michelle Yeoh. The actor, who won his first Golden Globe on Tuesday, jokingly told the awards show’s producers to “shut up” after trying to cut his speech short.
“I can beat you up,” Yeh said midway through his remarks as the music started playing. “And it’s serious.”
Yeh was nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for her performance A24’s Jani Multiverse Adventure features laundromat owner Evelyn Wang’s many iterations of “everything everywhere all at once.” Not lost on Yeo, whose decades-long career in Hollywood began with the 1997 James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies” and Ang Lee’s 2000 Oscar-winning martial arts drama “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
“I’m just going to stand here and take it all in,” he said, holding up the golden statue. “40 years… I’m not giving it up.”
He continued, “When I first came to Hollywood, it was a dream … until I got here. I got here and I was told, ‘You’re a minority.’
Yeh has worked with acclaimed directors including Steven Spielberg, Rob Marshall and James Cameron. But the 60-year-old found that opportunities began to shrink as he got older.
“I thought, ‘Hey, come on girl. You had a really, really good run,'” she said.
And then — in a true Hollywood finale — “Everything Everything All at Once,” a film he calls “a gift.”
“Thank you A24 for believing in these two goofy, super smart, wonderful talents, [directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert]Who had the courage to write about a very ordinary migrant, elderly woman, mother, daughter,” she said.
She continued, “I was given this gift to play this woman who resonated deeply with me and with a lot of people because, at the end of the day, in whatever universe she was in, she was fighting for love for her family.”
Before leaving the stage, she shouted “everything everything all at once” to her co-stars Stephanie Hu, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kay Hui Kwan.
“It’s for all the shoulders I stand on, for those who came before me, for those who look like me and for those who are walking this journey with me,” Yeoh said.
To take home the award for performance in a musical or comedy, she beat Lesley Manville for “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris,” Margot Robbie for “Babylon,” Anya Taylor-Joy for “The Menu,” and Emma Thompson for “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.” Yeh is widely considered the front-runner in the Oscar race, though it’s unclear how much — if any — weight the Globes will carry for the rest of the awards season.
This year marks a return for the Globes, which were boycotted by talent, media and creatives in 2022 — and not televised — after concerns about diversity among its hosts, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (which at the time had no black members). and other liability issues.
Host Jerrod Carmichael poked fun at the beleaguered HFPA in his monologue, telling the crowd at the Beverly Hilton: “I’ll tell you why I’m here. I’m here because I’m black.” He continued, “I wouldn’t say they were a racist organization, but they didn’t have a single black member until George Floyd died, so make of that information what you will.”
“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” a comedy that unfolds across the multiverse, received six Golden Globe nominations, including best musical or comedy, best director and screenplay for Daniels, best supporting actor for Cowan and best supporting actress for Curtis. In addition to critical acclaim, it resonated at the rare pandemic-era indie box office, grossing $100 million worldwide.