It was an emotional homecoming.
A month after winning the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in All At Once, Michell Yeoh brought the statuette to her father’s grave in Malaysia.
The 60-year-old shared a snap to her Instagram page on Wednesday that showed her visiting the Qing Ming burial site – a major Chinese festival when relatives go to their ancestors’ graves to cleanse and make food offerings.
“Bringing Mr.O home,” Yeoh captioned a photo of her holding up her Oscar in the cemetery. “Without the love and trust and support of my parents…I wouldn’t be here today…love so much”
Yeoh’s father, Datuk Yeoh Kian Teik, died in 2014 at the age of 89.
Datuk was a successful businessman who founded a large bus company operating in both Malaysia and Singapore. He also served as Chairman of the Malaysian Chinese Association of Perak State.
Meanwhile, Yeoh’s mother Janet is still alive and was seen clutching her daughter’s Oscar statuette in a separate photo shared to Instagram.
Yeoh made history as the first Asian actress to win an Academy Award for Best Actress and dedicated the award to her beloved mother.
“I have to dedicate this to my mom, all the moms in the world because they really are the superheroes. And without her, none of us will be here tonight,” she said at the ceremony, which took place March 12 in Los Angeles.
“She’s 84 and I’m bringing this home to her. She is watching in Malaysia with my family and friends right now. I love you. I’ll bring it home for you!”
Yeoh beat out fellow nominees Cate Blanchett (“Tár”), Andrea Riseborough (“To Leslie”), Michelle Williams (“The Fabelmans”) and Ana de Armas (“Blonde”) to win the Academy Award for Best Actress.
During her Oscars speech, Yeoh also appeared to attack CNN’s Don Lemon, saying, “This is proof that dreams, big dreams, and dreams do come true. And ladies, don’t let anyone tell you that you’ve ever passed your prime.”
The line, which drew loud cheers and applause from the audience, appeared to address Lemon’s controversial remarks about the age of Republican presidential nominee Nikki Haley.