Chloé Zhao, born Zhao Ting (simplified Chinese: 赵婷; traditional Chinese: 趙婷; pinyin: Zhào Tíng, born March 31, 1982), is a Chinese-born American filmmaker, known primarily for her work on independent films. Zhao’s debut feature film, Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015), premiered at Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and earned a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Her second feature film, The Rider (2017), was critically acclaimed and received nominations for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Film and Best Director.
Zhao gained further success with Nomadland (2020), with Frances McDormand and David Strathairn; which attracted international recognition and won many awards, including the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and numerous Best Picture awards. She won awards for directing at the Academy Awards, Directors Guild of America Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and British Academy Film Awards; at each body, she was the second woman to win.
Earning four Academy Award nominations for the film, Zhao won both Best Picture and Best Director, becoming the second woman in history to win the latter after Kathryn Bigelow in 2010, and the first woman of color to win the category. She also became the sixth woman to win multiple Academy Awards in the same year, after Edith Head, Catherine Martin, Fran Walsh, Bigelow, and McDormand.
Zhao’s latest film is the Marvel Cinematic Universe installment Eternals (2021), with Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Barry Keoghan, Don Lee, Harish Patel, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie.
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