Chloé Zhao becomes first woman of color to win Oscars Best Director

 


Chloé Zhao made history on Sunday when she was awarded the Best Director Oscar for "Nomadland" — making her the first female of color and first Asian American woman to win the prestigious prize in the Academy Awards' 93-year history to win.

 Zhao's victory is a win for Asian American women in Hollywood, who are often overlooked for the main character, producer, and director roles.

 In an acceptance speech, Zhao recited a poem that inspired her as a young girl in Mandarin.

  • "People at birth are inherently good," she said, translating the poem. "Those six letters had such a great impact on me as a kid and I still truly believe them today."

Zhao is just the second woman in history to win the Oscar for Best Director, following Kathryn Bigelow for "The Hurt Locker" in 2010.

 Diversity was highlighted more on Sunday during the 93rd Academy Awards than perhaps any other show in Oscars history.

  • Following Zhao's win, Yuh-Jung Youn, who is South Korean, won the award for best-supporting actress for her role in "Minari."

After an awards season like no other, Hollywood's biggest night is finally here! The 93rd Annual Academy Awards celebrated the biggest films of the year on Sunday, after a pandemic-affected year in movies that saw many titles delayed, pushed back, and released simultaneously on streaming. 

This year's Oscars postponed two months due to the ongoing pandemic, were ultimately celebrated as an in-person event at the Dolby Theater and Union Station in Los Angeles.

Mank is the year's most nominated film, collecting 10 nominations, followed by The FatherJudas, and the Black MessiahMinariNomadlandSound of Metal, and The Trial of the Chicago 7, which all earned six nominations. As always, there were also a number of notable surprises and snubs.

See the complete list of winners below and stay tuned to ETonline.com for all Oscars coverage.

Best Picture

The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Mank
Minari
Nomadland - 
WINNER 
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Actor in a Leading Role

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins, The Father - WINNER 
Gary Oldman, Mank
Steven Yeun, Minari

Actress in a Leading Role

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland - WINNER
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Actor in a Supporting Role

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah - WINNER 
Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami
Paul Raci, Sound of Metal
Lakeith Stanfield, Judas, and the Black Messiah

Actress in a Supporting Role

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Movie film
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari - WINNER

Directing

Thomas Vinterberg, Another Round
David Fincher, Mank
Lee Isaac Chung, Minari
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland - WINNER
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman & Lee Kern
The Father, Christopher Hampton, and Florian Zeller - WINNER 
Nomadland, Chloé Zhao
One Night in Miami, Kemp Powers
The White Tiger, Ramin Bahrani

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Judas and the Black Messiah, Will Berson & Shaka King
Minari, Lee Isaac Chung
Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell - WINNER
Sound of Metal, Darius Marder & Abraham Marder
The Trial of the Chicago 7, Aaron Sorkin

Animated Feature Film

Onward
Over the Moon
A Shawn the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

Soul - WINNER 
Wolfwalkers

Documentary (Feature)

Collective
Crip Camp
The Mole Agent
My Octopus Teacher -
 WINNER 
Time

Documentary (Short Subject)

Colette - WINNER
A Concerto Is a Conversation
Do Not Split
Hunger Ward
A Love Song for Latasha

International Feature Film

Another Round (Denmark) - WINNER 
Better Days (Hong Kong)
Collective (Romania)
The Man Who Sold His Skin (Tunisia)
Quo Vadis, Aida? (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Film Editing

The Father
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal - 
WINNER
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Cinematography

Judas and the Black Messiah
Mank - 
WINNER
News of the World
Nomadland
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Sound

Greyhound
Mank
News of the World
Soul
Sound of Metal - WINNER

Music (Original Score)

Da 5 Bloods
Mank
Minari
News of the World
Soul - 
WINNER 

Music (Original Song)

"Fight For You" from Judas and the Black Messiah - WINNER 
"Hear My Voice" from The Trial of the Chicago 7
"Husavik" from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
"lo Sì (Seen)" from The Life Ahead
"Speak Now" from One Night in Miami

Costume Design

Emma
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom - 
WINNER
Mank
Mulan
Pinocchio

Makeup and Hairstyling

Emma
Hillbilly Elegy
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom - 
WINNER 
Mank
Pinocchio

Production Design

The Father
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Mank - 
WINNER
News of the World
Tenet

Visual Effects

Love and Monsters
The Midnight Sky
Mulan
The One and Only Ivan
Tenet - 
WINNER

Short Film (Animated)

Burrow
Genius Loci
If Anything Happens I Love You - 
WINNER 
Opera
Yes-People

Short Film (Live Action)

Feeling Through
The Letter Room
The Present
Two Distant Strangers - 
WINNER 
White Eye

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, stars haven't had much of a chance to show off their red carpet fashions. 

After a year of casual Zoom award show ensembles and the delay of the 2021 Oscars ceremony by eight weeks, the 93rd Academy Awards show producers wanted celebs to step it up. 

Organizers sent a letter to nominees with a dress code suggestion that read:  

"We're aiming for a fusion of inspirational and aspirational, which in actual words means formal is totally cool if you want to go there, but casual is really not." 

The celebrities delivered. 

Here are all the unforgettable looks from this year's arrivals.


Carey Mulligan, pictured above, wore a gold two-piece Valentino ensemble to the 93rd Academy Awards.

The "Promising Young Woman" star was nominated for best actress. 

Zendaya

Zendaya
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Zendaya arrived to the 93rd Academy Awards wearing a yellow Valentino gown. 

The "Malcolm & Marie" star was a presenter this year. 

Steven Yeun

Steven Yeun
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Steven Yeun attended the 93rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. 

The "Walking Dead" star is the first Asian American actor to be nominated for best actor. 

Colman Domingo

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Colman Domingo arrived at the 93rd Academy Awards wearing a hot pink suit.

The "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" star's look was custom-made by Versace. 

Viola Davis

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Viola Davis attended the 93rd Academy Awards. 

The best actress nominee wore a white Alexander McQueen gown. 

Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie
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Margot Robbie attended the 93rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. 

The "Promising Young Woman" producer wore a floral Chanel gown. 

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett
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Angela Bassett attended the 93rd Academy Awards.

The "Black Panther" star wore a red gown and Chopard jewels.

Leslie Odom Jr.

Leslie Odom Jr.
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Leslie Odom Jr. arrived at the 93rd Academy Awards wearing a gold suit. 

The "One Night in Miami" actor was nominated for best-supporting actor. 

Daniel Kaluuya

Daniel Kaluuya
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Daniel Kaluuya attended the 93rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. 

The "Judas and the Black Messiah" star wore Bottega Veneta. Kaluuya was nominated for best-supporting actor. 

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon
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Reese Witherspoon attended the 93rd Academy Awards. 

The "Little Fires Everywhere" star wore a red gown by Christian Dior. 

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried
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Amanda Seyfried attended the 93rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. 

The "Mank" star wore a red Armani Privé gown. Seyfried was nominated for best-supporting actress. 

Regina King and Aldis Hodge

Regina King and Aldis Hodge
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Regina King and actor Aldis Hodge attended the 93rd Academy Awards at Union Station in Los Angeles. 

The "One Night in Miami" director wore a blue custom Louis Vuitton gown. 

Alan S. Kim

Alan S. Kim
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Actor Alan S. Kim and producer Christina Oh attended the 93rd Academy Awards.

The young "Minari" star wore Thom Browne. 

Emerald Fennell

Emerald Fennell
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Emerald Fennell arrived at the 93rd Academy Awards at Union Station in Los Angeles wearing a green and pink gown.

The "Crown" actress was nominated for best director and best original screenplay for her film, "Promising Young Woman." 

Glenn Close

Glenn Close
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Glenn Close attended the 93rd Academy Awards.

The actress wore Armani Privé. Close was nominated for best-supporting actress for the film "Hillbilly Elegy."

Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin
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Marlee Matlin arrived at the 93rd Academy Awards at Union Station in Los Angeles.

The actress was a presenter during the ceremony.

Youn Yuh-jung and Han Ye-ri

Youn Yuh-jung and Han Ye-ri
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Youn Yuh-Jung and Han Ye-ri attended the 93rd Academy Awards.

The actresses both starred in the film "Minari." Youn was nominated for best-supporting actress for her role.

Halle Berry

Halle Berry
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Halle Berry attended the 93rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. 

The "John Wick: Chapter 3" actress was a presenter this year. 

Jon Batiste

Jon Batiste
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Jon Batiste attended the 93rd Academy Awards.

The musician was nominated for best original score for "Soul." 

Chloé Zhao and Charlene Swankie

Chloé Zhao and Charlene Swankie
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"Nomadland" director Chloé Zhao and actress Charlene Swankie attended the 93rd Academy Awards.

Swankie played herself in the Oscar-nominated film.

Andra Day

Andra Day
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Andra Day attended the 93rd Academy Awards.

The "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" star wore Vera Wang Haute Couture and more than $2 million worth of Tiffany & Co. diamonds.

She was nominated for best actress. 

Riz Ahmed

Riz Ahmed
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Riz Ahmed attended the 93rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. 

Ahmed wore Prada. The "Sound of Metal" star was nominated for best actor. 

Maria Bakalova

Maria Bakalova
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Maria Bakalova arrived at the 93rd Academy Awards wearing a white Louis Vuitton gown and jewelry from Moussaieff Jewels.

The "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" star is the first Bulgarian actress to be nominated for an Oscar.

H.E.R.

H.E.R.
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H.E.R. attended the 93rd Academy Awards.

The singer was nominated for best original song.

Vanessa Kirby

Vanessa Kirby
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Vanessa Kirby attended the 93rd Academy Awards.

"The Crown" star wore a pale pink Gucci gown. 

LaKeith Stanfield

Lakeith Stanfield
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LaKeith Stanfield attended a screening of the 93rd Academy Awards in London.

The best supporting actor nominee wore custom Saint Laurent.

Laura Dern

Laura Dern
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Laura Dern attended the 93rd Academy Awards.

The "Marriage Story" actress was a presenter this year. 

Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman
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Olivia Colman attended a screening of the 93rd Academy Awards in London.

The "Father" star was nominated for best-supporting actress.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher
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Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher attended a screening of the 93rd Academy Awards in Sydney, Australia.

"The Trial of the Chicago 7" star was nominated for best-supporting actor. 

Questlove

Questlove
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Questlove wore gold Crocs to the 93rd Academy Awards.

The musician was the show's musical director and in-house DJ. 

Ariana DeBose

Ariana DeBose
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Ariana DeBose attended the 93rd Academy Awards.

The "Prom" star wore Atelier Versace. 

Lil Rel Howery

Lil Rel Howery
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Lil Rel Howery attended the 93rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. 

The pre-show host wore a purple Zenga tuxedo. 

Travon Free

Travon Free
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Travon Free attended the 93rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. 

The actor wore a black and gold suit by Dolce and Gabbana.

Nicole Newnham, James LeBrecht and Sara Bolder

Nicole Newnham, James Lebrecht and Sara Bolder
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Nicole Newnham, James LeBrecht, and Sara Bolder attended the 93rd Academy Awards.

The "Crip Camp" filmmakers were nominated for best documentary feature. 

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry
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Tyler Perry attended the 93rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. 

The filmmaker received the 2021 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. 

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