The ‘Nomadland’ Director Is The First Asian Woman To Win The Best Director Prize, While Mia Neal And Jamika Wilson Become The First Black Women To Win The Oscar For Makeup And Hairstyling.
Histories were made at the just concluded 93rd annual Academy Awards . Chloe Zhao, who was nominated along the likes of Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round”), David Fincher (“Mank”), Lee Isaac Chung (“Minari”) and Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”), had won the Oscar for the Best Director for “Nomadland”.
Zhao is the second only woman to win the Oscar in the category after Kathryn Bigelow took away the prize in 2009 for “The Hurt Locker”.
Also, Zhao is the first Asian woman in the history of Oscar to win the Best Director prize.
In her speech, she talked about the intrinsic good in people. “I have always found goodness in the people I met, everywhere I went in the world,” she said.
“So this is for anyone who had the faith and the courage to hold on to the goodness in themselves, and to hold on to the goodness in each other no matter how difficult it is to do that. And this is for you, you inspire me to keep going. Thank you inspire me to keep going. Thank you.”
Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson landed another historic win as they have become the first black women to win the Oscar for makeup and hairstyling for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”. Neal delivered a powerful message in her speech. “I can picture black and Latino and Indigenous trans women, and I know that one day it won’t be unusual or groundbreaking, it will just be normal,” she said.