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2020 (93rd)

Fox Searchlight Pictures

Nomadland (2020)
d. Chloe Zhao
Awards: 3
Nominations: 6

A road-trip drama about the nomadic lifestyle of a modern-day, van-dwelling migrant in the Great Recession after the 2008 financial collapse.

  • 38 year-old director Chloe Zhao was the first woman of Asian descent (and the first "woman of color") to be nominated for Best Director and the first Asian female to win the film-making Oscar
  • Zhao also became the second woman to ever win Best Director at the Academy Awards, following Kathryn Bigelow's win for The Hurt Locker (2009)
  • Zhao also became the third Asian person to win Best Director, after Ang Lee's two wins for Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Life of Pi (2012), and Bong Joon-ho's win for Parasite (2019).
  • Zhao also was the first woman to ever receive four Oscar nominations in a single year, and just the 9th person to ever earn that much recognition in a single ceremony. Her four nominations (with two wins) were Best Picture (win), Best Director (win), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing.]
  • with actress Frances McDormand's Best Actress Oscar win for her role as nomadic van-dweller Fern, she became the only actress in Oscar history to have three Best Actress Oscars - only one other actress had four (Katharine Hepburn); she even surpassed Meryl Streep who has only two Best Actress Oscars; McDormand also received a shared nomination (and win) as co-producer for the film; with her nomination for this film, she became only the 4th actor to have nominations across five decades
  • McDormand became the first actress nominated for acting and producing for the same film.
  • Nomadland was first film to win both Best Picture and Best Actress in 16 years [Note: The last film to score those two awards was Million Dollar Baby (2004).]

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