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April 25, 2021

“What I love about America is not necessarily the American Dream but the fact that there’s so much spirit of fighting to continue to dream once the dreams are broken.”

Chloé Zhao

Chloé Zhao Chinese-born filmmaker becomes first woman of color to win the Oscar for Best Director

Chloé Zhao, born Zhao Ting on March 31, 1982 is a Chinese-born filmmaker, known primarily for her work on independent films. Zhao’s debut feature film, Songs My Brothers Taught Me, premiered at Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and earned a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. (Wikipedia)

Since 2008, the Chinese director, screenwriter, and producer has directed various short films and feature films, which have been praised for their depictions of the American West. Her film, The Rider, received nominations at the Independent Spirit Awards, but it was Nomadland that led to her becoming the second woman ever to receive a Golden Globe for Best Director. She’s the first woman of color to win an Oscar for Best Director. (GoodHouseKeeping)

Zhao was the first woman to get four Oscar nominations in a single year, in the Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture categories.(NPR)

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