A 39-year-old Chinese filmmaker, director and producer, Chloé Zhao has put her name in the Guinness Book of Records for becoming the first woman of a different race and color to win the Oscar’s best director award.
The Chinese-born producer who is based in U.S. won the best director and best picture for her third feature film ‘NOMADLAND’. Her first debut film, ‘Songs My Brothers Taught Me’ was premiered once at the Sundance Film Festival and also nominated at the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.
She is a filmmaker who is known primarily for her work in independent U.S. films. Her debut feature film, Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015), premiered at Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and earned a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.
Her second feature film, The Rider (2017), was critically praised and received nominations for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Film and Best Director. Zhao further gained prominence with Nomadland (2020), which attracted international recognition and won many awards, including Best Director at the Golden Globe Awards, Directors Guild of America Awards, Academy Awards, and British Academy Film Awards, making Zhao the second woman and first Asian woman to win the category at each awards body.
Zhao has recently ventured into blockbuster filmmaking with the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Eternals, scheduled for release in November 2021.