Over the weekend, Chloé Zhao officially become the second woman after Kathryn Bigelow and the first Asian woman to win the Best Director prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards for her movie Nomadland.
Starring Frances McDormand, Nomadland is an American drama that tells a story of a woman who leaves her hometown after her husband dies. Chloé Zhao was in charge of directing, producing, editing and even writing the script for it. It’s fantastic to see that Zhao’s project which is based on an eponymous novel by Jessica Bruder is finally getting the deserved recognition!
In general, it can be noticed that the 2021 Directors Guild Awards has surprised us, with a wider range representation of female directors who earned nominations for their amazing works. The film directing category had Promising Young Woman director Emerald Fennel alongside Zhao.
Meanwhile, in the first-time feature directing category, Radha Blank and Regina Kind were nominated respectively for The Forty-Year-Old Version and One Night In Miami.
As for Zhao’s future projects, Chloé is already directing the upcoming Marvel project Eternals reportedly starring Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Gemma Chan and many other well-known figures.
Kevin Feige, Marvel’s core producer revealed the story of Zhao’s pitching for the film: “ Not only does Chloe make remarkable, small, personal movies in a remarkable, small, personal way, but she thinks in grand, cosmic, gigantic terms, which fit perfectly with what we wanted to do. Eternals is a very big, sweeping, multimillennial-spanning story. And she just got it“.
Chloé Zhao is now about to enter the Oscar Awards night as the front-runner after her DGA triumph. Her project Nomadland is a nominee within four categories at the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, which will take place on Monday, April 26!
We send massive congratulations to Chloé Zhao and wish her all the best for the upcoming Oscars!