Emotional moment Michelle Yeoh’s family sees her make Oscars history | USA TODAY

Michelle Yeoh made Oscars history by becoming the first Asian actress to win best actress for her role in “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”

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The closest anyone has come to Yeoh's achievement was back in 1936, when India-born actress Merle Oberon was nominated for her leading role in "The Dark Angel." Given the tenor of the times, Oberon hid her mixed-race heritage. She lost that year to Bette Davis, who won for her role in "Dangerous."

"This is a beacon of hope and possibilities," Yeoh tearfully said during her acceptance speech, calling the moment "history in the making." "This is proof to dream big, that dreams do come true."

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