Star Trek Celebrates Michelle Yeoh's Historic Best Actress Oscar Win


The 2023 Academy Awards witnessed another history being made as veteran actress Michelle Yeoh bagged the Best Actress Award for her multifaceted performance as Evelyn Wang in A24’s Everything Everywhere All at Once. For the first time in its 95-year history, the Academy has awarded its best actress in a leading role to an Asian woman and the world rejoices as Yeoh finally gets what she deserves after many years in the acting industry. Aside from her EEAAO family, every franchise that Yeoh took part in pitched in to celebrate the actress, including her work on Star Trek.

One of the noteworthy portrayals of the Malaysian-born actress is her dual role as Captain Phillipa Georgiou and her Mirror Universe counterpart, Emperor Georgiou, for 3 seasons of Star Trek: Discovery. Given that it’s not just a big win for the world but for the Star Trek franchise, with which Yeoh shared her talent. With that, the official Star Trek on Paramount+ account as well as several Star Trek actors took to Twitter to shower Yeoh with congratulations and tributes.

Before winning the Oscar, Yeoh was already a highly sought-after actress given her versatility, and now that she has won, questions arise as to whether she will ever return to Star Trek. When Yeoh departed Star Trek: Discovery in 2020, it was announced that a Section 31 spinoff was in development for her to star in. While Section 31 is reportedly still in the works, Yeoh's schedule may soon grow too busy for Star Trek, if it hasn't already. Fans should keep their fingers crossed for this one. For now, Star Trek takes great satisfaction in the fact that Star Trek: Discovery has produced an alumna who won the Best Actress Oscar.

It took Yeoh 59 years to land her first lead role in a Hollywood film. It is the first career Oscar nod for the beloved icon after she was known for her supporting stints in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Tomorrow Never Dies, and Crazy Rich Asians. Yeoh's win is part of Everything, Everywhere's massive Oscar victory, as it won 7 of its 11 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Ke Huy Quan, Best Supporting Actress for Jamie Lee Curtis, Best Editing, and Best Original Screenplay. EEAAO tells the story of a Chinese first-generation immigrant who owns a laundromat and meets her lesbian daughter and great-love husband in every multiverse, where they will get to understand each other better.

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