Chloe Zhao Makes History with Best Director Oscar Win for Nomadland | IGN

Nomadland director Chloe Zhao has officially made history as she has become the second woman and the first woman of color to win Best Director at the Oscars.

This year was also the first time that two women were nominated for Best Director, as Zhao shared the ballot with Promising Young Woman’s Emerald Fennell.

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Since the first Oscars in 1929, there have only been seven women nominated for best director, including Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties, Jane Campion for The Piano, Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation, and Kathryn Bigelow for Hurt Locker. Bigelow was the first woman to win the award in 2010.

2021 is also the first time that two Asian directors were nominated in the same year, as Lee Isaac Chung was also recognized for his work on Minari.

In our review of Nomadland, we said that it “is a radiant celebration of humanity and community. Chloé Zhao takes the seeds of real stories and nurtures them with location settings, real people, and a non-judgmental eye at a misunderstood American subculture.

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