Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh and Jennifer Coolidge all had a similar underlying message in their Golden Globes acceptance speeches last night: age is but a number.
The actresses made history with their wins: Bassett won Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Wakanda Forever; Yeoh won Best Actress in a Motion Picture for Everything Everywhere All at Once; and Coolidge took home the prize for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Limited Series for The White Lotus. The Black Panther sequel is the first Marvel film to win an award at the ceremony, and Yeoh is just the second Asian actress to take home a leading actress award (Awkafina was the first in 2020 for another A24 film, The Farewell).
During their speeches, the women addressed the importance of the timing of their wins coming at a later stage of their lives and professional careers, and stressed the importance of chasing your goals no matter your age.
"January 22, 1994, I stood on this stage and accepted the Golden Globe for What's Love Got to Do with It," Bassett said while accepting her award. "The late Toni Morrison said, 'Your life is already a miracle of chance just waiting for you to order its destiny.'"
She added: "In order for the destiny to manifest, I think that it requires courage to have faith; it requires patience. And it requires a true sense of yourself."
Yeoh reflected on how she had started to think that her career was slowly dwindling due to getting older in Hollywood, but that her latest role in the blockbuster A24 film ultimately changed everything.
"Forty years — not letting go of this. So just quickly, thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press, for giving me this honour. It's been an amazing journey and incredible fight to be here today, but I think it's worth it," Yeoh said.
"As time went by — I turned 60 last year — and I think all of you women understand this: as the days, years, numbers get bigger, the opportunities get smaller as well," she continued. "I probably was at a time where I thought, 'Hey, come on, girl, you've had a good run and you've worked with some of the best people… it's all good'. Then along came the best gift: Everything Everywhere All at Once."
In a speech that is now going viral across social media, Coolidge talked about dreams change as you get older, and thanked The White Lotus creator Mike White for giving her "a new beginning".
"I had such big dreams and expectations as a younger person, but what happened is they get sort of fizzled by life and whatever," she said. "But I had these giant ideas. And then you get older and, oh, shit’s going to happen. And, Mike White, you have given me hope. You’ve given me a new beginning. Even if this is the end, because you did kill me off, but even if this is the end, you changed my life in a million different ways."
She added: "He really is one of the greatest people ever… He gives me so much excitement to be. You make people want to live longer, and I didn’t."
Bassett, Yeoh and Coolidge have been praised by critics and fans alike for their respective work, with all three being heralded as Hollywood talents who are deserving of a winning sweep as awards season continues on.
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