Who Is Chloe Zhao? Second Woman Who Won The Oscar For Best Director

Farwa Raza

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The Asian filmmaker has swept ‘Nomadland‘ and is already preparing to revolutionize Marvel.

Chloe Zhao has made history with Nomadland. The director has become the first Asian woman to win the Oscar for Best Director. Also, the second woman to win the award after Kathryn Bigelow in 2009 for Hostile Land.

But Zhao has been breaking records throughout the awards season. She also won the Golden Globe for Best Director and became the first Asian woman to win that award and the second in 78 years to win the statuette after Barbra Streisand won it in 1984 with Yentl.

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According to Variety, he is the most awarded person in a single awards season of the contemporary era, surpassing Alexander Payne who had the record so far with Between Cups. He may be breaking schemes, but Zhao’s success has not caught anyone off guard. His track record is brilliant.

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Born in Beijing in 1982, the director moved to Los Angeles after finishing high school and, after graduating in Political Science from Mount Holyoke University, studied production at Tisch School of the Arts in New York. Since then, it has not stopped attracting attention.

With her first feature film, Songs my Brother Taught Me, she established herself as a great filmmaker and storyteller with great sensitivity. But it was The Rider, a critically-acclaimed western from 2017 when it began to be widely talked about. Her merit as a director is greater if we consider that the cast of this film is made up of people from the ranch where the filming took place and they had no acting experience. Still, Zhao landed a must-see drama about a young cowboy seeking a new purpose in life after being seriously injured in a competition.

With Nomadland, his third film, he has already positioned himself among the great figures to be reckoned with in the industry. Frances McDormand is the protagonist of this film that captures in a poetic way the reality of the forgotten in the context of the Great Depression. Based on the book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, by Jessica Bruder, tells how a woman who lost everything in a crisis embarks on a journey through the American West aboard her caravan. In Spain, we will have to wait until March 26 to see it on the big screen.

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His good work in the making has not gone unnoticed by the greats of the industry. Zhao has been chosen to direct Eternals, the Phase 4 film about an immortal race that shaped the origin of civilizations. In its cast are Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, and Kit Harington, among others, and the information that comes from the set only whets the appetite.

Hayek already stated in an interview with Variety that the film has “a totally different DNA from the rest of Marvel films .”

It is shot differently. I don’t know if I’m allowed to talk about what they do with the camera, but it’s not typical. On a cinematic level, it is impressive.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to undergo a major transformation. On the one hand, we have Spider-Man 3 – now known as Spider-Man: No Way Home- that everything indicates that it will introduce the Multiverse, without this having been confirmed yet. On the other, we have Kevin Feige and his team betting on great filmmakers who will bring a totally different vision to superhero cinema.

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Chloe Zhao has been revolutionizing the industry and in the coming years, we will see her very often.

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