Jamie Lee Curtis Celebrating Michelle Yeoh’s Award Win Is A Powerful Moment For Women

Jan 20, 2023 by apost team

Jamie Lee Curtis' dynamic acting career transcends over four decades. Although the offspring of two talented Hollywood movie stars, Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, their daughter did not initially want to be an actress. According to Biography.com, Curtis was attending the University of the Pacific when she decided to try her hand at acting. Curtis auditioned for the role of the brilliant teenage detective Nancy Drew. After not receiving the part and only finishing one semester of college, Curtis dropped out of school and began to focus on her acting career. 

Curtis' breakthrough role came in 1978 when the then 19-year-old Curtis starred as Laurie Strode in John Carpenter's horror movie classic "Halloween." Although the award-winning actress is heavily associated with horror films, her dynamic acting abilities have helped her create a diverse portfolio of hit movies across several genres. According to Movie Web, Curtis' most memorable movies include "Knives Out," "A Fish Called Wanda," "My Girl," and "Freaky Friday."

At the 2022 Golden Globe Awards, Curtis was nominated alongside actress Michelle Yeoh for their film “Everything Everywhere All At Once.” While she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, Yeoh was nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. 

Yeoh and Curtis are poised to win the award during the ceremony for their incredible performance as Evelyn Quan Wang and Deirdre Beaubeirdre in the film. And at the moment when Yeoh finally scored her first Golden Globe win, Curtis was seen celebrating the win of a fellow woman on perhaps a historic feat for the Asian community worldwide. The joyful encounter has since trended on social media and even became a meme celebrating how women support each other. Read on to learn more about the incredible moment that the two artists shared.

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Jamie Lee Curtis (2021) (Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis Entertainment/Getty Images)

Yeoh is one of the most sought-after actresses in the world today. Initially making her mark in Asian cinema, the Malaysian-born actress made her Hollywood debut in the 1997 James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies.” She also worked on films like “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Reign of Assassins,” “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” among many others. 

Her performance in the film “Everything Everywhere All At Once” has launched her stardom into even greater heights as she brilliantly portrayed a dissatisfied laundromat owner turned multiversal hero, showcasing her great acting skills and a very impressive stunt performance in her action sequences. 

Curtis’ role in the film was also important, as she was a driving force in Yeoh’s character. Although Curtis lost the Golden Globe to Angela Bassett that night, the iconic actress was still all smiles and all cheers when Yeoh was called to be the Best Actress of the night. 

When Yeoh’s name was announced, Curtis, who was right beside her, was candidly captured on camera wildly celebrating Yeoh’s win – which others have seen to be a great example of women supporting women. Their incredible moment went viral on social media, with hundreds of memes being circulated online. 

But perhaps the most poignant interpretation of the now-viral-moment was from Erin Gallagher, the CEO and founder of gender equity company Ella, who gave a powerful message on LinkedIn about women empowerment, and how Curtis should be emulated on how women should celebrate the success of other women. 


Michelle Yeoh (2023), (Gilbert Flores/Variety/Getty Images)

According to Gallegher’s post, Curtis’ energy for Yeoh was “palpable,” and she urges women to be an “unabashed hype woman” for other women for the year 2023. 

“Guess what? The world has sold you a lie. Her success doesn’t detract from yours. Her wins don’t create your losses. Her joy can’t steal the joy that’s meant for you. De-condition and unlearn what you’ve been wired to think: that women are your competition,” she wrote.

For Gallagher, seeing other women as competition is a “lie” and a “trap” meant to distract each other to keep pulling others down. 

Curtis has immortalized the viral meme into a T-shirt, and she took to Instagram to share a selfie and praised how eloquent Gallagher’s empowerment interpretation was. Yeoh, in another Instagram post, wished Curtis a speedy recovery after she revealed to have been suffering from a COVID-19 diagnosis since the Awards ceremony, all while holding the meme shirt. 

Reposts on social media have been wild, praising Curtis and Yeoh for their incredible representation of women and Gallagher for succinctly putting it into a “word anthem.”

“Seeing Jamie Lee Curtis's excitement and joy for Michelle Yeoh's win at the Golden Globes is such a powerful reminder that women supporting and hyping other women is crucial,” a user shared.

“The energy and excitement that Jamie Lee Curtis exudes for Michelle Yeoh is truly inspiring. It's a powerful reminder that when we support and cheer one another, we are not only lifting them up but also lifting ourselves up too,” another pointed out

Yeoh has since been grateful and moved as she accepted the award, an accomplishment that she did not think she would be getting at the age of 60 years old, from her first starring film in Hollywood. 

Are you a Jamie Lee Curtis fan? What do you think of her support for her fellow actress Michelle Yeoh? Do you think women should unabashedly support other women? Let us know, and pass this on to your family, friends, and other female friends who you think need support!

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