Michelle Yeoh's performance in "Everything Everywhere All At Once" has won her the award for best actress in a leading role.
Yeoh’s win makes her the first woman of Asian descent and the first Malaysian-born performer to win an Oscar for best actress. She also is the fifth person of Asian descent to win an Oscar in an acting category, the first to win in a lead acting category and also the first actress to win for portraying a Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese-speaking character for her role as Evelyn Quan Wang
While Yeoh became an international icon 23 years ago, thanks to Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” it wasn’t until “Everything Everywhere All at Once” that she gained her first Oscar nomination.
CNN's Dan Heching contributed reporting.