"Nomadland’s" Chloé Zhao has become the first woman of color nominated for a directing Oscar.

It's the first time a woman has been up for the award since 2017 latimes.com/entertainment-…
In an unusual year marred by a global pandemic and theater closures nationwide, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has broken tradition by nominating two female filmmakers for a directing #Oscar for the first time latimes.com/entertainment-…
Best director #Oscars2021 nominees:

Chloé Zhao (“Nomadland”)
Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”)
David Fincher (“Mank”)
Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”)
Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round”) #OscarNoms latimes.com/entertainment-…
Last month, Zhao won the #GoldenGlobes' best director prize.

She was the first woman of Asian descent to win that directing prize (and only the second woman ever to win it)
🎬 Check out @JustinCChang's review of "Nomadland"
Chloé Zhao was one of the directors who participated in our annual #Oscars roundtable (along with fellow #Oscarsnoms pick, David Fincher)

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