Chloé Zhao made history twice over at the Oscar Sunday night. For her direction of exquisite Western road drama Nomadland, Zhao won the Academy Award for Best Director — making her the first Asian woman, and only the second woman ever, to win the award in the Oscars’ 93-year history. Later in the night, Nomadland won Best Picture, making it the first Best Picture winner to be entirely female-led, and the first one directed by a woman of color. But her historic wins felt muted in the U.S. press thanks to a chaotic ceremony, while they were nowhere to be seen in China’s press. Which would seem odd, since Zhao hails from China. But it seems to have been the result of CCP censorship.
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