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Chloé Zhao      

Chinese Filmmaker Best Known for "Nomadland;" First Asian Woman to Win Oscar for Best Director

Chloé Zhao is a Chinese filmmaker, known primarily for her work in independent American films. Zhao made history in 2021 when she became the First Asian woman and only the second woman ever to earn the Academy Award for Best Director. Her film, Nomadland, also received the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Her 2015 feature debut Songs My Brothers Taught Me premiered in US Dramatic Competition at Sundance Film Festival and Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival. It was nominated for three 2016 Independent Spirit Awards. Her second feature, The Rider, premiered in Directors' Fortnight at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival where it received the Art Cinema Award and was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. In April 2018, it was announced that Amazon Studios greenlit Zhao's upcoming untitled Bass Reeves biopic, a historical Western about the first black U.S. Deputy Marshal.

Zhao garnered further success with Nomadland, which received widespread acclaim and won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Zhao won Best Director Golden Globe for Nomadland, making her the first woman of Asian descent to be honored.

Zhao ventured into blockbuster filmmaking with the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Eternals, slated for release in November 2021.

Zhao was born in Beijing and currently resides in the United States.


Chloe Zhao becomes the first woman of color to win Oscar for best ...
Chloé Zhao won an Academy Award for best director for her film “Nomandland.” Zhao made Oscar history as the first woman of color to take home the award in ...
Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ Takes Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival
One day after premiering and receiving the most rapturous reviews of any film in competition, U.S.-based Chinese director Chloé Zhao has won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival for her film “Nomadland,” a documentary-influenced road movie starring Frances McDormand as an itinerant widow traveling across America.

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