Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan’s Emotional Golden Globes Speeches
Last night’s Golden Globes felt like it dragged on forever but there were some truly amazing moments. Two of which came from cast members from Everything, Everywhere All At Once. Michelle Yeoh won for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture. The 60-year old icon took a moment to “stand there and take this all in.” After 40 years of being an actress, she said, she finally is getting the recognition she deserves. “It’s been an amazing journey, an incredible fight to be here today, but I think it’s been worth it.”
She reminisced on when she first came to Hollywood. “It was a dream come true — until I got here. I came here and was told, ‘You’re a minority.’ And I’m like, ‘No, that’s not possible.” She noted that people seemed surprised that she could speak English. In response to the comments like that, Yeoh would snap back, “Yeah, the flight here was about 13 hours long, so I learned.”
Yeoh spoke on how as when women get older, their opportunities get smaller. But just when she was thinking about hanging up the towel, she received “the best gift”: Everything Everywhere All At Once. The piano began to play during Yeoh’s epic moment, she told pianist Chloe Flower, “I can beat you up, okay? And that’s serious.” Continuing on with her speech, Yeoh spoke about the “gift of playing this woman (Evelyn Wang) 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 just fighting — fighting for love, for her family.” Yeoh dedicated her award to those who allowed Yeoh to stand on their shoulders, all who came before her, look like her and all who are going with her on her journey moving forward.
Earlier in the night, her movie husband, Ke Huy Quan won Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, beating out Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan in The Banshees of Inisherin, Brad Pitt for his role in Babylon and Eddie Redmayne in The Good Nurse. Quan was overcome with emotion as he took the stage Tuesday night in a moment that was so precious and pure. “I was raised to never forget where I came from,” the Vietnamese actor began. “And to always remember who gave me my first opportunity: I am so happy to see Steven Spielberg here tonight.”
“When I started my career as a child actor in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, I felt so very lucky to have been chosen,” Quan said during his speech. “As I grew older, I started to wonder if that was it — if that was just luck. For so many years, I was afraid I had nothing more to offer. That no matter what I did, I would never surpass what I achieved as a kid. 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. Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, thank you so, so much for helping me find my answer. You have given me more than I could have ever hoped.”
With the success of EEAAO, Quan has been cast to co-star in the second season of Marvel’s Loki on Disney+. Yeoh has been cast in the upcoming Avatar sequels, as well as an Agatha Christie mystery film A Haunting in Venice, and Wicked: Part One, to name a few,