Written by Sanjana Nayakanti, a grade 6 student
Chloe Zhao, a Chinese filmmaker, recently made history by winning the Best Director awards at the Oscars.
She has made history as the first Asian woman, and the second woman ever, to win this award. She achieved this feat for her latest movie “Nomadland”. The first woman to achieve this Oscar was Katheryn Bigelow, who won this award about a decade ago for her 2009 Iraq War Drama named “The Hurt Locker”.
This was the first Oscar for Zhao. The movie ‘Nomadland’ also got her other Oscar awards including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture, and Best Film Editing. The lead actress of the movie, Frances McDormand also got the Best Actress award at the Oscars.
Zhao was also nominated for the best film editing and the best-adapted screenplay categories, however, could not make it to the winner’s spot.
What is the movie about?
Nomadland is a 2020 American drama film about the story of an old woman who, after losing everything in the recession, gets on to a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. It is based on the 2017 non-fiction book ‘Nomadland – Surviving America in the 21st Century by Jessika Bruder.
Who is Zhao?
Zhao, 39 years old, was born in Beijing, China, and lived there until the age of 14. Later she went to boarding school in London and high school in Los Angeles, the USA.
She attended film school in New York and won praises for her debut independent movie “Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015),” about the bond between a Native American brother and sister, and “The Rider(2017),” the story of a young cowboy recovering from a serious head injury.
Zhao got international recognition and won many awards for Nomadland (2020). She also received the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and numerous Best Picture awards. Zhao won awards for directing at the Academy Awards, Directors Guild of America Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and British Academy Film Awards; at all of these places, she was the second woman to win.
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