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Chloé Zhao makes history, wins best director Oscar for 'Nomadland'

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Zhao won the Oscar for best director for “Nomadland,” becoming just the second woman and the first woman of color to win the award.

LOS ANGELES — Chloé Zhao has made history at the 2021 Academy Awards, becoming the first woman of color to win best director and just the second woman to win the award.

Zhao won the directing Oscar for “ Nomadland,” joining Kathryn Bigelow, who won in 2009 for “The Hurt Locker.”

This was the only year in the 93-year Oscar history with two female nominees: Zhao and “Promising Young Woman” director Emerald Fennell. Only seven women have ever been nominated.

Zhao’s film — starring Frances McDormand — tells a story about a woman in her 60s and other transient workers in the American West.

The film is nominated for a total six awards including best actress for McDormand and best picture.

While wearing braids and sporting white tennis shoes, Zhao thanked her entire cast and crew. She called the process of creating the project a “once-in-a lifetime journey we’ve all been on together.”

Zhao paid homage to those who inspired her to “keep going.”

“This is for anyone who has the faith and the courage to hold onto the goodness in themselves and hold onto to the goodness in each other, no matter how difficult it is to do that,” she said during her acceptance speech. “This is for you. You inspire me to keep going.”

The director talked about how a game she used to play with her father challenged her.

“I’ve been thinking a lot lately of how I keep going when things get hard,” she said. “I think it goes back to when I was a kid, when I was growing up in China, my dad and I used to play this game. We would memorize Chinese poems and texts. We would recite them together and try to finish each other’s sentences.”

It was the first Oscar for the 39-year-old Zhao, who was born in Beijing and went to college and film school in the United States. “Nomadland” was her third feature.

Zhao said she was also inspired by phrase that comes from a Chinese text “The Three Character Classic,” which she said translated to “People at birth are inherently good.” She said that phrase had a major impact on her as a kid, as she still stands firm on the words.

“I still truly believe them today, even though sometimes it may seem like the opposite is true,” she said. “But I have always found goodness in the people I met, everywhere I went in the world.”

The other nominees were Lee Isaac Chung for “Minari,” Thomas Vinterberg for “Another Round,” and David Fincher for “Mank.”

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Chloe Fineman’s Britney Applauds Lil Nas X For Giving God An ‘Equal Opportunity’ Lap Dance On ‘SNL’

Chloe’s Britney put Chris Redd’s ‘Lil Nas X,’ Pepe Le Pew, and Pete Davidson’s ‘Matt Gaetz’ in the hot seat for this hilarious cold open!

Chloe Fineman‘s Britney Spears is quickly becoming a Saturday Night Live[1] favorite! This week’s installment of her spoof talk show included several high profile guests, including Chris Redd‘s Lil Nas X, Pete Davidson‘s Matt Gaetz, Kate McKinnon‘s Pepe Le Pew and, allegedly, God himself! Before getting to the good stuff, however, the pop star wanted to clear up one rumor that’s been floating around in the news this week: that she doesn’t write her own Instagram captions.

Chris Redd appears as Lil Nas X with Chloe Fineman’s Britney Spears on ‘SNL.’ (NBC)

Chloe’s Brit quickly welcomed Chris’ Lil Nas X out, where she got to a hot topic of his own: his new Nike show that allegedly contains a questionable ingredient. “I want to start with your new Satan shoes. Is it true they’re made with human blood?” she pondered, before also getting to his latest music video. “People are also freaking out about your new music video where you go to hell and twerk on the devil. Why are they so upset?”

After responding that he’s just a “typical gay country entrepreneur,” Chloe’s Brit wanted to know if he would give a lap dance to God to just, “even things out.” Without hesitation, Chris’ Lil Nas X showed off his dance moves on an actor playing God. “I just want to remind people was not the real God. That was just my friend Gary,” he reasoned.

Daniel Kaluuya[5], 32, hosted Saturday Night Live[6] and Grammy winner St. Vincent[7], 38, was scheduled to perform performed. The ex-girlfriend of Kristen Stewart and Cara Delevingne marked her second appearance on the NBC sketch show, also performing at Studio 8H back in 2014. This marks her first appearance on the show since earning her second Grammy alongside longtime Taylor Swift collaborator Jack Antonoff in 2019, which was for “Masseducation” in the Best Rock Song category.

Season 46 of SNL kicked off strong with its political segments, with the one-and-only Jim Carrey[8] playing Joe Biden[9] for the first few episodes of the season! Unfortunately for fans, the Canadian-born actor was only meant to appear for a limited amount of episodes[10]. “Though my term was only meant to be 6 weeks,I was thrilled to be elected as your SNL President…comedy’s highest call of duty,” Jim tweeted after it was announced he wouldn’t continue to appear on the season. “I would love to go forward knowing that Biden was the victor because I nailed that shit. But I am just one in a long line of proud, fighting SNL Bidens!” he added.

SNL alum Maya Rudolph[11] has also been at the forefront as Vice President Kamala Harris, absolutely nailing her impression (right down to the Converse chuck sneakers). Maya even appeared as host for the hilarious March 27 episode, where Martin Short guest-starred as Kamala’s husband[12], Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff.

Other highlights from the star-studded season include hosts Adele[13], Bridgerton‘s Regé-Jean Page[14] and Schitts Creek star Dan Levy, as well as musical guests Nick Jonas, Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Thee Stallion! The 46th season of the series saw SNL‘s return to its Studio 8H home at NBC in New York City after a trio of At-Home shows due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

References

  1. ^ Saturday Night Live (hollywoodlife.com)
  2. ^ @LilNasX (twitter.com)
  3. ^ pic.twitter.com/Ogz74KYlbK (t.co)
  4. ^ April 4, 2021 (twitter.com)
  5. ^ Daniel Kaluuya (hollywoodlife.com)
  6. ^ Saturday Night Live (hollywoodlife.com)
  7. ^ St. Vincent (hollywoodlife.com)
  8. ^ Jim Carrey (hollywoodlife.com)
  9. ^ Joe Biden (hollywoodlife.com)
  10. ^ limited amount of episodes (hollywoodlife.com)
  11. ^ Maya Rudolph (hollywoodlife.com)
  12. ^ guest-starred as Kamala’s husband (hollywoodlife.com)
  13. ^ Adele (hollywoodlife.com)
  14. ^ Bridgerton‘s Regé-Jean Page (hollywoodlife.com)

Cassie Gill