Michelle Yeoh became the first Asian woman to win best actress, as Everything Everywhere All at Once dominated at the Oscars.
The dazzling multiverse adventure won seven awards including best picture, director and original screenplay.
Accepting her statuette, Michelle Yeoh said: “For all the little boys and girls who look like me watching tonight, this is a beacon of hope and possibilities.
“And ladies, don’t let anybody tell you that you are ever past your prime.”
Michelle Yeoh’s co-stars Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis triumphed in the supporting actor and actress categories.
In the history of the Oscars, no other film has ever won best picture, best director and three acting prizes.
In Everything Everywhere All at Once, Michelle Yeoh plays a Chinese-American laundrette owner who is mired in a tax audit, stuck in a crumbling marriage and struggling to connect with her daughter Joy.
But when she discovers different versions of herself in the multiverse, she must tap into their skills in order to save the world.
Michelle Yeoh, 60, enjoyed a late surge in momentum in this year’s Oscars race, ultimately overtaking the early frontrunner Cate Blanchett.
Yeoh is only the second woman of colour to win best leading actress, following Halle Berry for Monster’s Ball more than two decades ago.
Best leading actress has historically been far less diverse than the supporting actress category, where Ariana DeBose, Yuh-jung Youn, Regina King, Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o and Octavia Spencer have won in the past decade.
Filming on The Green Destiny – a prequel to Oscar-winning martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – will start in July.
The Green Destiny will see Michelle Yeoh reprise her role as female warrior Yu Shu Lien.
Pre-production is believed to have begun. Filming is due to start in Auckland, New Zealand, with two further weeks of shooting in China.
Yuen Woo-ping, who co-ordinated the action scenes in the original, will step behind the camera for the prequel.
The Green Destiny will see Michelle Yeoh reprise her role as female warrior Yu Shu Lien
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon remains the most successful Chinese-language film of all time, making $213.5 million on its release in 2000.
The movie won the best foreign-language Oscar the following year, with three more awards in the technical categories.
Part of the reason for the film’s success was that it operated on many different levels. It was a love story, a martial arts fantasy with a feminist twist and an historical epic set against a backdrop of spectacular locations in China.
Director Ang Lee also employed sophisticated technology that enabled the characters to perform gravity-defying stunts, drawing in fans of the previous year’s box office hit, The Matrix.
But plans for a prequel were delayed by a row over the film rights to Wang Du Lu’s novels, on which the film was based.
Columbia Pictures claimed it had struck a deal with the late writer’s son in 2005. He denied this, and said he had signed an agreement with The Weinstein Company, another US studio.
With the case resolved, The Weinstein Company is pushing ahead with the prequel, choosing New Zealand as a location thanks to a generous production incentive that offers filmmakers a 20% rebate on money spent in the country.
The Green Destiny draws on the fifth book in Wang Du Lu’s series, Silver Vase, Iron Night.
“This introduces a new generation of star-crossed lovers, and a new series of antagonists in a battle of good and evil,” screenwriter John Fusco told movie website Deadline last year.
Although John Fusco is known for US blockbusters such as Young Guns I and II, he also penned The Forbidden Kingdom for Jet Li and Jackie Chan in 2008.
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