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Halle Berry and Michelle Yeoh's emotional interaction at Oscars highlights importance of diversity

Berry presented the 'Actress in a Leading Role' award to Yeoh, who became the first Asian woman and second woman of color after Berry to get this honor.

Halle Berry and Michelle Yeoh's emotional interaction at Oscars highlights importance of diversity
Image Source: (L)Youtube | ABC; (R) Michelle Yeoh and Halle Berry onstage during the 95th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Halle Berry and Michelle Yeoh had a sweet and wholesome interaction on stage during the 2023 Academy Awards on March 12. Berry presented Yeoh with the award for "Actress in a Leading Role" for her performance in "Everything Everywhere All At Once," and both actresses were dressed in elegant white gowns, symbolizing their shared success. Notably, Berry and Yeoh are the only two women of color to have won in this category throughout the Oscars' 95-year history. Yeoh's win also makes her the first Asian actress to receive this accolade, reports TODAY.


Upon receiving the award, Yeoh hugged Berry, who appeared visibly moved as the Malaysian actress came up to the stage. While delivering her acceptance speech, the 60-year-old acknowledged the importance of the moment not only for herself but also for those in the audience.

"For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities. This is proof—dream big and dreams do come true," said Yeoh. "This is history in the making." She also expressed gratitude towards the academy.


"I really have to thank the Academy for acknowledging, embracing diversity and true representation. I think this is something that we have been working so hard towards for a very long time and tonight we freaking broke that glass ceiling. I kung fu'ed it out and shattered it," she said.

The celeb went on to emphasize the importance of representation in the entertainment industry. "We need this because there are so many who have felt unseen, unheard. It's not just the Asian community. This is for the Asian community but for anybody who's been identified as a minority. We deserve to be heard. We deserve to be seen. We deserve to have the equal opportunity so we can have a seat at the table. That's all we're asking for. Give us that opportunity. Let us prove we are worth it," said Yeoh.


Similar to Yeoh, Berry achieved a historic feat with her Academy Awards triumph in 2002 when she won the best actress award for her performance in "Monster's Ball." This made her the first Black woman and the first woman of color to ever win the award. Despite the passage of time, she still holds the distinction of being the only Black woman to have received this accolade.

As she received the award, Berry shed tears and expressed that the moment transcended her, stating that it was "far more significant" than herself. Berry said, "It's for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has the chance because this door tonight has been opened."


The emotional interaction between Yeoh and Berry at the Academy Awards highlights the importance of diversity, representation and breaking barriers in the entertainment industry. Their achievements inspire hope and encourage individuals to dream big and work hard to achieve their goals, regardless of the obstacles they may face. They are great models for every person of color, young or old to reach for the stars.

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