King, Queen congratulate Michelle Yeoh over Golden Globe award

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Yeoh won the Best Actress award in a musical or comedy film at the 2023 Golden Globes for her role in ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’.

Reuters

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has congratulated Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh on being the first Malaysian to win the Best Actress award in a musical or comedy film at the 2023 Golden Globes for her role in ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ in Los Angeles today.

Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah also conveyed her felicitations to the Ipoh-born actress.

In a post on Istana Negara’s Facebook account, Their Majesties expressed their joy and pride over Yeoh’s success and for placing Malaysia’s name on the world stage.

“It also once again proves that with dedication, strong fighting spirit and hard work, Malaysians can compete and succeed at the international level,” the post read.

Their Majesties wished Yeoh well and prayed that she will be blessed with continued success.

The 60-year-old actress made history Tuesday after becoming Malaysia’s first-ever Golden Globe award winner.

Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil has also congratulated Yeoh.

“What an amazing feat, and definitely well-deserved. A great honour for the country,” he said in a tweet on Wednesday (Jan 11).

Yeoh beat Lesley Manville (Mrs Harris Goes to Paris), Margot Robbie (Babylon), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Menu) and Emma Thompson (Good Luck to You, Leo Grande) in the category.

Yeoh was also recently named 2022’s Icon of the Year by Time magazine.

Meanwhile, Yeoh said she is delighted to see more diversity at the Golden Globe Awards.

She told the media during the backstage interview that it has been an incredible fight for her to be where she is today.

“Whatever that glass ceiling was, we just ninja-kicked it and shattered it.

“Look at me, I’ve been in the business for 40 years, and finally I get to be number one on the call sheet.”

Yeoh said she believes that time is changing and there are more inclusivity and diversity.

“We have many extraordinary filmmakers who are forward-thinking to understand the importance of inclusivity, diversity and the importance of telling stories from different cultures.”

Yeoh said the change had already begun and she is glad to be around when it’s happening.

“I’m just so happy that I’m still here when this change has happened and I’m not in my rocking chair going ‘Why didn’t I get that chance?’

“I’m going to work hard that this is not just going to be the only time I’m here, and for all that looks like us, we are going to move forward and find bigger and better opportunities.”