Filmmaker Chloe Zhao becomes First Asian Woman to win trophy for ‘Best Director’ at the 93rd Academy Awards

Academy Awards

Beijing-born Chloe Zhao makes history and becomes the first woman of color and the second woman ever to win the coveted award at the Academy Awards.

Held on April 25 in Los Angeles, the Oscars 2021 was broadcasted from two different locations, ‘The Dolby Theatre’ and ‘Downtown historic Union Station.’ This year, the awards ceremony was organized two months later due to COVID-19 pandemic. The very few attendees were present, keeping all the norms in place.

Chloe Zhao, winner, best director for ‘Nomadland’: “I have always found goodness in the people I met, everywhere I went in the world. So this is for anyone who had the faith and the courage to hold on to the goodness in themselves, and to hold on to the goodness in each other, no matter how difficult it is to do that.”

Nomadland – the film is based on the Jessica Bruder’s 2017 non-fiction book –
Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century. Directed, written and produced by Chloe Zhao, the film features Frances McDormand in the lead role. Real-life nomads Linda May, Swankie, and Bob Wells can be seen appearing as fictionalized versions in the film.


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