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Michelle Yeoh celebrates with her Academy Award for Best Actress.

“And the Oscar goes to…”, there was a short pause and after a few suspenseful seconds her name was heard: “…Michelle Yeoh”.

A moment that will forever go down in Oscar history as it became the First Asian-American woman to win Best Actress.

“To all the boys and girls who look like me (…) This is a beacon of hope and possibilities. This is proof that dreams, and you have to dream big, do come true”, an emotional Yeoh told the receive the award.

“And ladies, don’t let anyone tell you that you’re past your prime,” added the 60-year-old actress, to applause from those in attendance at the ceremony in Los Angeles.