Golden Globes 2021: Chloé Zhao makes history with best director win for ‘Nomadland’

LOS ANGELES — Chloé Zhao secured her place in Golden Globes history on Sunday, becoming the first Asian woman to win best director at the awards show.

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According to The Associated Press and The New York Times, the 38-year-old Zhao, who directed “Nomadland,” is just the second woman to win the award. The first was Barbra Streisand, who was named best director for “Yentl” in 1984, the AP reported.

In her acceptance speech, Zhao, who was born in China but lives in Los Angeles, thanked “the nomads who shared their stories with us” in the film, which also took home the award for best drama motion picture. One of those nomads, Bob Wells, told her that “compassion is the breakdown of all the barriers between us,” she said.

“Now, this is why I fell in love with making movies and telling stories: because it gives us a chance to laugh and cry together, and it gives us a chance to learn from each other and to have more compassion for each other,” Zhao said in her speech. “So thank you everyone who made it possible to do what I love.”

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– The Associated Press contributed to this report.