Chloé Zhao makes Oscars history

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 25: (L-R) Chloe Zhao and Charlene Swankie attend the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on April 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chris Pizzello-Pool/Getty Images)

(AP) – Chloé Zhao has made history at the Academy Awards. 

Zhao won the Oscar for best director for “Nomadland,” becoming just the second woman and the first woman of color to win the award. 

“My entire ‘Nomadland’ company, what a crazy, once-in-a-lifetime journey we’ve all been on together,” Zhao said. 

Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to win, for “The Hurt Locker,” in 2009. 

This was the only year in Oscar history with two female nominees, Zhao and “Promising Young Woman” director Emerald Fennell. Only seven women have ever been nominated.

It was the first Oscar for the 39-year-old Zhao, who was born in Beijing and went to college and film school in the United States. “Nomadland” is her third feature. 

The other nominees were Lee Isaac Chung for “Minari,” Thomas Vinterberg for “Another Round,” and David Fincher for “Mank.”

It may not be long before Zhao gets her second Oscar. “Nomadland” is considered the favorite for best picture, and she’s nominated as a producer.

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