Historic Win! Chlóe Zhao wins Best Director at Academy Awards!
Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) celebrates Chloé Zhao’s win at today’s Academy
Awards, for Best Director for feature film “Nomadland”. Zhao is the first Asian woman to receive the award for Best Director and just the second woman to win in the 93-year history of the Academy Awards.
WIFTI president Helene Granqvist comments, “Well done Chloé Zhao for taking out this year’s Academy Award for Best Director. We have been thrilled to watch Zhao breaking glass ceilings this year. It is our hope this inspires other women in the screen industry to feel encouraged and to continue to aim high.”
Zhao also made history as the first woman of Asian descent and second woman ever to win the Best Director award at the 78th Golden Globes hosted earlier this year.
The 2021 Director category was also significant because for the first time in history, more than one female filmmaker was nominated. Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell earned nominations for their films “Nomadland” and “Promising Young Woman,” respectively. Granqvist says “We are immensely proud to see two women nominated in this category – another first! We feel positive that soon we will see more of an equal representation across all categories, including Directing, for women.” Zhao is the second female filmmaker to win Best Director. Kathryn Bigelow was the first ever woman to win in 2010 for “The Hurt Locker”. Before this year, only five female filmmakers have been nominated for best Director: Lina Wertmüller ( “Seven Beauties”, 1977), Jane Campion (“The Piano,” 1994), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation,” 2004) Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”, 2010) and Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird,” 2018).
“Nomadland” is the third feature film from director Chloé Zhao – following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.
The 93rd Academy Awards 2021, were hosted today Sunday April 25, in Los Angeles, honouring movies released in 2020.