Chinese film director Chloe Zhao made history a she became the first Asian woman to win the prize for the best director.
Chloe Zhao gave a stunning performance as she directed ‘Nomadland’. She is only the second woman to win the award, Barbra Streisand became the first one in 1984.
According to the international news agency, it was her third feature film. She has recently directed the upcoming Marvel film The Eternals.
This is the first time more than one woman has ever been shortlisted for the award of best director this year. Regina King and Emerald Fennell were also nominated.
She received appreciation from her fans on social media. One Twitter user wrote, “I cannot stress this enough, as an Asian woman in the arts, it is so inspiring to see Chloe Zhao make history tonight as the first woman of color to win for best director.”
Barbra Streisand congratulated Ms. Zhao on winning the title, saying “it’s about time”.
It’s about time! Congratulations Chloé! Well deserved!
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) March 1, 2021
Apart from Ms. Zhao, Minari, director Lee Isaac Chung’s semi-autobiographical story about a Korean-American family also won for best foreign-language film.