Chloe Zhao wins big at Golden Globes

By Zhang Rui
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Chinese director Chloe Zhao won best film and best director awards at the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night, making history as the first Chinese director to win both categories. 

Chloe Zhao accepts the Best Director - Motion Picture award for "Nomadland" via video from Bryce Dallas Howard onstage at the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Rainbow Room and broadcast on Feb. 28, 2021 in New York. [Photo/VCG]

Chloe Zhao's feature film "Nomadland" won Best Motion Picture-Drama, becoming the first film directed by a woman to win the trophy in this category. 

The critically-acclaimed low-budget road-trip drama beat out "The Father," "Mank," "Promising Young Woman" and "The Trial of the Chicago 7" for the top prize in the motion picture drama category. 

The director further won the Golden Globe for best director of a motion picture for the film, becoming the first Chinese woman and woman of Asian descent to win this category.

Zhao also became only the second woman ever to win the director award. Barbra Streisand was the other for "Yentl" back in 1984.

Based on Jessica Bruder's 2017 non-fiction book "Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century," the film stars McDormand as an out-of-work woman who packs her van and sets off from her small town to travel around the vast landscape of the American West, exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.

A Chinese poster of "Nomadland" released on March 1, 2021. Disney's Searchlight Pictures announced after Zhao's win that "Nomadland" will be released in China on April 23. [Photo courtesy of Searchlight Pictures]

Run by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards honored the best in American television of 2020, as well as film in 2020 and early 2021.

As the first major show of this Hollywood awards season, the virtual ceremony, which was postponed for nearly two months amid the COVID-19 pandemic, took place live from both New York City and Los Angeles.

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