Ever humble and even-keeled, Zhao reflected on dual wins at Sunday’s Golden Globe awards — where she was the first woman of Asian descent to win best director (and second woman in the history of the show), as well as best motion picture drama for her Searchlight Pictures release.
“Sometimes a first feels like a long time coming. I’m sure there’s many others before me deserve the same recognition,” said Zhao at a virtual backstage conference. “I just love what I do. If his means more people like me get to live their dream and get to do what I do, I’m happy.”
Led by Frances McDormand, Zhao’s “Nomadland” offers a breathtaking look at the world of van dwellers — particularly an older generation living an alternate lifestyle outside of consumerism, driven by wanderlust