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Chloé Zhao makes Golden Globes history as the second woman to win 'Best Director' prize


History was made at last night’s golden globes ceremony as Chloé Zhao become only the second woman to win the Best Director prize for her work with Nomadland.

The only previous female winner had been Barbra Streisand for her 1983 movie Yentl. 

Nomadland, which stars Francis McDormand as a modern-day nomad living out of a van owing to the economic impact of the Great Recession, also picked up the award for Best Drama Motion Picture. 

Also nominated for the directorial prize were David Fincher for Mank, Regina King for One Night in Miami, Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman, and Aaron Sorkin for The Trial of the Chicago 7

It is the first time in the award shows history that three women have been nominated for the Best Director category. The 2021 Golden Globes brought the total number of women nominated for Best Director up to eight in 78-year history, and it is in fact the first time that more than one woman had been nominated in a single year. 

Previously, the ceremony had invited controversy by seemingly snubbing the efforts of female directors as, in years gone by, many much-loved outings failed to be nominated. The 2018 coming-of-age hit Lady Bird won several awards at the ceremony, but the awards show failed to nominate Greta Gerwig in the Best Director category. 

Nomadland is Zhao’s third feature film following her previous critically acclaimed efforts for Songs My Brother Taught Me and The Rider. The next project in line for Zhao is Marvel’s Eternals for Disney and a science-fiction Western revamp of Dracula for Universal.

You can catch a trailer for Nomadland, below.