Chloé Zhao Is the First Woman of Asian Descent to Win a Golden Globe for Directing

Zhao has made history with her film, Nomadland.

Update Feb. 28, 2021: Chloé Zhao won the Golden Globe for Best Director - Motion Picture, making her the first Asian woman to win the award. The honor comes 37 years after Barbra Streisand won Best Director in 1984 for Yentl, the last time a woman took home the trophy for directing.

Newsweek adds that Ang Lee is the only filmmaker of Asian descent to win the Best Director award at the Golden Globes. He won it twice, in fact, with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2001 and Brokeback Mountain in 2006. Zhao, born and raised in Beijing, spent time in London and Los Angeles before attending New York University.

With this win under her belt, Newsweek notes that she could be a front-runner for Best Director at the Academy Awards.

Previosly: Nomadland director Chloé Zhao has just made history.

On Wednesday, Zhao became the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for a Best Director award at the Golden Globes.

Nomadland, starring Frances McDormand, has received rave reviews, and Zhao has earned best director awards from critics organizations such as the National Society of Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. and the New York Film Critics Circle.

The Golden Globes also made history this year by recognizing three women in the directing category for the first time in the awards show's history: Zhao, One Night in Miami director Regina King, and Promising Young Woman director Emerald Fennell.

Nomadland is Zhao's third feature following 2015's Songs My Brothers Taught Me and 2017's The Rider. Her next movie will be the highly-anticipated Marvel's Eternals, starring Angelina Jolie, currently due for release on November 5, 2021.

"I'm not the kind of filmmaker who just makes films," Zhao said in interview with IndieWire last year. "I have to be in love with my subject matter and want to learn more about it. Someone once said to me that passion doesn't sustain, but curiosity does. I have to be excited by little things I discover along the way."

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