Chloé Zhao won the Best Director Oscar for the film Nomadland at the Academy Awards on Saturday night, making history in the process.
Zhao became the second woman to win the award is Oscar history, as well as the first-ever woman of color and Asian woman to take the prize. Some of Hollywood’s most famous Asian American celebrities immediately took to social media to applauded her accomplishment.
Actress Sandra Oh, star of Grey’s Anatomy (2005–2014) and Killing Eve (2018–present), congratulated the Beijing-born director.
Lulu Wang, who directed and wrote the screenplay for 2019’s The Farewell, said Zhao “nailed it.”
Pakistani American actor Kumail Nanjiani, star of The Big Sick, simply tweeted: “CHLOE!”
Alex Shibutani, a Japanese American ice dancer who partnered with his sister Maia to win two Olympic bronze medals in 2018, also applauded Zhao.
“Chloé Zhao!!! First woman of color to win Best Director (also only the second woman to win),” he tweeted.
Comedian Jenny Yang wrote a typically humorous message.
Nomadland follows a character played by Frances McDormand as she roams through the American West in her van after the death of her husband. Based on a 2017 non-fiction novel by Jessica Bruder, the film is the third feature from Zhao, who previously directed 2015’s Songs My Brothers Taught Me and 2017’s The Rider.
The only other woman who has won the Academy Award for directing was Kathryn Bigelow, who was awarded the accolade in 2010 for The Hurt Locker.
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