Malaysian star Michelle Yeoh has taken home a top acting award at the Golden Globes after the ceremony’s return following a scandal over diversity and ethics.

Yeoh, renowned for doing her own stunts, was honoured as best actress in a musical or comedy on Tuesday night for her lead role in the dimension-hopping action film Everything Everywhere All at Once.

“Hollywood was a dream come true until I came here,” the 60-year-old actress added, noting that she was called a “minority” and asked if she could speak English early on in her career.

Forty years later, “it’s been an amazing journey and incredible fight to be here today, but I think it’s been worth it,” she said.

Also honoured was Steven Spielberg, nominated 14 times by the Globes for best director and winning for the third time with his autobiographical coming-of-age movie The Fabelmans

and Irish actor Colin Farrell, who won best actor in a musical or comedy for his part in the dark comedy of shattered friendship The Banshees of Inisherin.