Chloé Zhao becomes first woman of color to win Oscar for directing
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Chloé Zhao is making history as the first woman of color to win an Academy Award for directing.

"This is for anyone who has the faith and the courage to hold onto the goodness in themselves and to hold onto the goodness in each other — no matter how difficult it is to do that," the "Nomadland" director said, as she took to the Oscars stage on Sunday to accept her award in the directing category.

"Nomadland" went on to win Best Picture.

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Zhao, who was born in China, also became the first Asian woman to be nominated and win Best Director. She had also made history earlier this year as the second woman and the first Asian woman to win a Golden Globe for best director.

Zhao's Oscars win — making her only the second woman ever to win the award — comes after 2020 became the third year in a row that no female director was nominated in the top directing category.

"I've been thinking a lot lately of how I keep going when things get hard," Zhao said during her acceptance speech.

"I have always found goodness in the people I met everywhere I went in the world," Zhao, 39, said. 

"This is for you; you inspire me to keep going."