The now-tainted Golden Globes returned to NBC last night as foretold, and the 2023 Golden Globes did all they could to make us forget that just a few years ago the Hollywood Foreign Press Association voters were accepting trips to Paris seemingly in exchange for nominations. Well, now they’re trying the whole thing again, and I guess they’re reputable now? Well, they started off strong in terms of winning me over since they gave 60-year-old Michelle Yeoh the Best Actress for a Musical or Comedy last night, and any time goddess Michelle gets her flowers, I’m on board. However, they lost me again when they tried to play her off. Luckily, she’s a martial artist and threatened to whoop their asses, and the band shut that nonsense down and let her finish.
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon came out in 2000, and it showed North Americans that Michelle Yeoh can fuck someone up really well with her fists. We still remember 23 years later, as that band heard Michelle’s joking threat and took that shit seriously. Michelle has been acting for decades, and this was her first Golden Globe win, so she’s gonna take a lap, sweetie.
Everything, Everywhere, All At Once is about a laundromat owner who learns she’s at the center of a battle to save the universe as she goes through different worlds or timelines, showing her the lives she could have led. Michelle is rightfully scooping up awards for her performance and is a shoo-in for a Best Actress Oscar nomination. Her EEAAO co-star, 59-year-old Ke Huy Quan, also picked up a Golden Globe last night for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture. So one of the themes of the night was triumphant second acts.
During Michelle’s acceptance speech last night, the “STFU” waltz started playing, and she quickly checked their asses by saying, “Shut up, please; I can beat you up.” And that’s no joke because she can. Here’s more of her speech via CNN:
“I remember when I first came to Hollywood, it was a dream come true until I came here … Someone said to me: “You speak English?” And then I said: “Yeah, the flight here was about 13 hours long, so I learned,” she said.
She also expressed appreciation for the role that led her to winning the award.
“As time went by – I turned 60 last year – and I think all of you women understand this, as the days, years, numbers get bigger, the opportunities get smaller, as well. Then along came the best gift: Everything, Everywhere All at Once.”
…In her speech, Yeoh thanked writer-director duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, “who had the courage to write about a very ordinary immigrant.”
“This movie for me was such an homage to so many women like that around us who are sometimes invisible, who we take for granted,” she said. “There’s so many relatable things, and all because they were chasing the American dream.”
“We all know that it’s so hard,” she added on Tuesday night. “I think any immigrant that comes here will tell you how difficult it is and of sometimes failing and not being able to find it.”
"I'm just gonna stand here and take this all in. 40 years. Not letting go of this."
— Variety (@Variety) January 11, 2023
Michelle’s EEAAO co-star, Jamie Lee Curtis, was also uber-excited by her win:
jamie lee curtis' reaction to the announcement of michelle winning is so real😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/Mrz9eMXOTl
— cola (@evclynwang) January 11, 2023
Honestly, whoever was in charge of the play-off music (host Jerrod Carmichael later said that the show’s pianist Chloe Flower was not the one playing winners off) is just lucky that Michelle told them to shut up. Because with the way that Jamie Lee Curtis was living for Michelle’s win, I’m sure Jamie would have gone over to them and pulled the poor soul out of the room by their ears and given them a lecture. Or thrown them in a woodchipper as she did in Halloween Ends.
Here’s Michelle’s post-win backstage interview: