Chinese media ignored her compatriot Chloe Gao winning the best director Oscar for her movie “Nomadland” on Sunday, and social networks censored the news.
The Beijing-born director in 1982 became the first Asian woman to win this award for her feature film about American “trailer dwellers” who live on the roads after they lost everything in the “mortgage” crisis.
The film also won an Academy Award for Best Picture, and its lead actress, Frances McDormand, won the Best Actress award. However, this success did not find momentum in China.
No major media outlet reported the news. On Monday, the social network “Weibo” imposed a censorship on all messages containing the name of the director or her film.
Director Chloe Gao became the second woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director in the history of the prestigious Hollywood award, which extends over 93 rounds.
Gao, 39, has become fascinated by the American West, the talk of the hour in Hollywood, through the awards she has won and the nominations she has won this season.
“I’ve always found kindness in the people I have met wherever I am in the world,” the director told the limited audience at the Oscars in Los Angeles.
And she added, “I dedicate this award to all those who have faith and courage to stick to their kindness and the kindness of others, no matter how difficult it is to do so.”
Beijing-born Chloe Gao, whose original name is Zhao Ting, left China in her teens to join an English boarding school, before moving to pursue her studies in Los Angeles and then in New York, where she studied, especially at the hands of Spike Lee.
The director won praise since her first successes in her home country, as she was described as a national “pride”, but she was subjected to a focused Chinese campaign after Internet users exhumed statements attributed to her during an interview with an American magazine in 2013 that included criticism of her mother country.
And some Chinese nationalists came to describe her as a “traitor”, in an argument that would undermine the chances of showing the movie “Nomadland” in China.
The film is currently based in the small rural city of Ojai, California, about 150 kilometers northwest of Los Angeles.
Chloe Gao will soon enter the world of huge Hollywood productions, as she directed the movie “Eternels” from the world of “Marvel” and includes a constellation of stars, including Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek. It is scheduled to put this work in halls by the end of this year.
In an indication of the filmmakers ’passion for Gao, it was reported that Universal Studios will be entrusted with directing a forward-looking version of“ Dracula ”films inspired by the atmosphere of the American West.