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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Chloe Gao wins the Golden Globe as the best Asian director

Director Chloe Gao became the first Asian woman to win a Golden Globe Award for Best Director, for her movie “Nomadland”, and she is also the second woman to win the award after Barbara Streisand in 1984.

Director Chloe Gao, the first Asian woman to win a Golden Globe thanks to her film “Nomadland”, found herself on Saturday in the heart of controversy in China that may prevent her from showing her film in her native country.

“Nomadland”, which deals with a group of contemporary “hippies” roaming the United States in their buses, emerged victorious Sunday during the distribution of the “Golden Globe”, one of the most prominent American film awards.

The film won the Best Dramatic Film Award, and its director Chloe Gao, 38, won the Best Direction Award.

Born in Beijing and based in the United States, Gao became the first Asian woman in Golden Globe history to win the Best Director award. She is also the second woman to win this award, after Barbara Streisand in 1984.

The award raised admiration in China at the weekend, as local media published many articles praising the “Chinese director”, which were described as “national pride.”

Soon, however, there was a resumption of statements attributed to Chloe Gao in an interview published by an American magazine in 2013 that included criticism of her mother country.

The director confirmed, according to what is shown by the presumed screen shot of this article, that China is “a place dominated by lies.” In another interview spread on social media, she said, “The United States has become my country.”

The statements attributed to the director do not appear on the websites of the media with which she was supposed to be interviewed. But it sparked a wave of condemnation in China, where some netizens described Chloe Gao Saturday as a “traitor”.

FILE – Chloe Zhao poses for a portrait during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 22, 2018. Zhao accepted the award for best director for a motion picture for “Nomadland” at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)

The hashtag “Nomadland” is no longer present on the Chinese social network “Weibo”, but talks about the film and its director remained without apparent censorship.

“Nomadland” is scheduled to be released officially in China on April 23. However, this date is no longer apparent on the main platforms in the country and the release of the film has become uncertain, according to “Freight” magazine on Friday.

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