ANN/THE STAR – Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh won the Female Actor In A Leading Role trophy at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.
She beat Cate Blanchett, Danielle Deadwyler, Viola Davis and Ana de Armas for the award which was held in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
The Ipoh-born actress made history as the first Asian woman to win a leading film acting award at SAG.
“I think if I speak my heart will explode. SAG-AFTRA, to get this from you who understand what it is to get here… everyone of you know the journey, the roller -coaster ride, the ups and downs. But most importantly we never give up. I thank you.
“This is not just for me, this is for every little girl who looks like me,” a tearful Yeoh said.
“Thank you for giving me seat at the table and tonight you’ve shown us that it is possible.
I’m grateful and my mum will be eternally grateful to all of you,” she continued.
The SAG Awards have long been considered one of the most reliable predictions for the Oscars.
Actors make up the biggest percentage of the film academy, so their choices have the largest sway, according to Associated Press.
Yeoh’s performance in the indie flick Everything Everywhere All At Once has garnered her a bagful of acting accolades in recent months.
The 60-year-old is considered a hot favourite to win the Best Actress statue at the Oscars on March 12.
Yeoh’s co-stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Ke Huy Quan also took home the SAG Awards for Best Female Actor In A Supporting Role and Best Male Actor In A Supporting Role.