Michelle Yeoh triumphs at the Golden Globes and pushes ‘stage fright’ aside for emotional speech

‘This is for all the shoulders that I stand on’: Michelle Yeoh pushes ‘stage fright’ aside for emotional acceptance speech on ethnic minorities and ageism at the Golden Globes

Michelle Yeoh triumphed at the 80th annual Golden Globe awards earlier this week, where she scooped Best Actress for her role in Everything Everywhere All at Once. 

But the star, 60, who suffers from ‘terrible’ stage fright and says that being faced with any audience turns her to jelly, pushed her fears aside for her emotional speech.

Michelle reflected on being told she was a ‘minority’ when she first arrived in Hollywood and now, how ‘opportunities have gotten smaller’ since turning 60. 

Emotional: Michelle Yeoh, 60, triumphed at the 80th annual Golden Globe awards earlier this week, where she scooped Best Actress... but it was her speech that got people talking

Emotional: Michelle Yeoh, 60, triumphed at the 80th annual Golden Globe awards earlier this week, where she scooped Best Actress… but it was her speech that got people talking 

On stage she said: ‘I’m just going to stand here and take this all in. 40 years… I’m not letting go of this,’ as she clutched on to her first ever Golden Globe. 

‘When I first came to Hollywood, it was a dream come true – until I got here. I came here and was told, “You’re a minority.”

‘I turned 60 this year. All of you women will understand this – as the days and the years and the numbers get bigger… the opportunities get smaller.

Amazing: But the star, who suffers from 'terrible' stage fright and says that being faced with any audience turns her to jelly, pushed her fears aside for her emotional speech

Amazing: But the star, who suffers from ‘terrible’ stage fright and says that being faced with any audience turns her to jelly, pushed her fears aside for her emotional speech

‘Thank you A24 for believing in these two goofy, insanely smart, wonderful geniuses, [directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert], who had the courage to write about a very ordinary immigrant, ageing woman, mother, daughter,’ she added.

‘I was given this gift of playing this woman who resonated so deeply with me and with so many people because, at the end of the day, in whatever universe she was at, she was fighting for love, for her family.’

She concluded: ‘This is also for all the shoulders that I stand on, all who came before me, who look like me, and all who are going on this journey with me forward.’

Meaningful: In the speech, Michelle reflected on being told she was a 'minority' when she first arrived in Hollywood and now, how 'opportunities have gotten smaller' since turning 60

Meaningful: In the speech, Michelle reflected on being told she was a ‘minority’ when she first arrived in Hollywood and now, how ‘opportunities have gotten smaller’ since turning 60

In a previous interview with Variety, the star detailed her struggles with stage fright saying: ‘Just being on stage and looking out at a sea of faces is terrifying.’

‘I have stage fright. I would forget my name,’ she added when Cate Blanchett asked if she would ever consider doing theatre. 

But the actress later brought the house down when a pianist tried to play her off the stage.

‘Shut up please. I can beat you up, OK, and that’s serious,’ she laughed after producers began playing piano music while she was speaking.

Michelle has already been named Time magazine’s Icon Of The Year and is enjoying a remarkable renaissance.

As a girl, she hoped to be a ballet dancer but a back injury put paid to that. After winning the Miss Malaysia beauty pageant she started appearing in Hong Kong action movies, doing her own stunts.

Her first Hollywood role was in Tomorrow Never Dies. She then starred in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000. Yeoh is tipped to win best actress at the Oscars – although she will have to defeat Tar star Cate.

Brave: In a previous interview with Variety , the star detailed her struggles with stage fright saying: 'Just being on stage and looking out at a sea of faces is terrifying'

Brave: In a previous interview with Variety , the star detailed her struggles with stage fright saying: ‘Just being on stage and looking out at a sea of faces is terrifying’ 

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