CAVIAR’s acclaimed Chinese-born director, writer, and producer, Chloé Zhao, made history last night by becoming the first woman of colour – and only the second woman at all – to win the Best Director award at the Oscars. ‘Nomadland’, also won the Best Picture and Best Actress (Frances McDormand) awards, having been nominated in six categories. Zhao’s film had already been a hit this year’s BAFTA’s, taking home awards for Leading Actress, Best Film, Cinematography, and another history-making Best Director accolade, making Zhao only the second woman to win in this category.
Nomadland’ won Best Director at the Directors Guild Association Awards, with Zhao being the second woman to earn the honour and the first woman of colour to do so. At the Golden Globes, Zhao was granted the Best Director award, becoming the first Asian woman to win in that category, and only the second female to take home the award (it was also the first time in Golden Globes’ history that three women had been nominated for Best Director). Chloé’s feature debut ‘Songs My Brothers Taught Me’ (2015) premiered in US Dramatic Competition at Sundance Film Festival and Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival, having received the Art Cinema Award and been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. Her following film, ‘The Rider’ (2017), produced by CAVIAR, was critically acclaimed and was granted several accolades, including nominations for Independent Spirit Award for Best Film and Best Director.