Chloé Zhao becomes second woman to win Golden Globe as best director
© Getty Images

Film director Chloé Zhao made history Sunday night after winning the Golden Globe for best director for her film “Nomadland,” becoming the second woman to win the award and the first Asian woman to win it.

In the socially distanced awards ceremony for the 78th Golden Globes, Zhao accepted her award via videoconferencing. In her acceptance speech, she relayed remarks from Bob Wells, a nomad who helped in making "Nomadland."

“I wanna thank the nomads who shared their stories with us,” Zhao said. “And I asked one of them, Bob Wells, to help me out here and this is what he said about compassion: ‘Compassion is the breakdown of all the barriers between us. A heart-to-heart bonding. Your pain is my pain. It’s mingled and shared between us.’”


"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 added.

“Nomadland” also nabbed the award for best motion picture-drama.

As The Associated Press reports, Zhao joins fellow filmmaker Barbra StreisandBarbara (Barbra) Joan StreisandSpielberg donates money from Israel's prestigious Genesis Prize to nonprofits Chloé Zhao becomes second woman to win Golden Globe as best director The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump teases on 2024 run MORE, who became the first woman to win the best director award at the Golden Globes in 1984 for “Yentl." Before 2021, only five women had been nominated for the award.

Zhao was born in China and made her directorial debut with the 2015 film “Songs My Brother Taught Me.” Her next project set for release is the big-budget Marvel film "Eternals," which is scheduled for a fall premiere. The film features Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Kumail Nanjiani, among others.