Chloe Zhao is well on her way to making Oscar history for her many contributions to “Nomadland
,” having already done so at the nomination stage by becoming the first woman to earn four bids in a single year. The multi-hyphenate is nominated for Best Picture as a producer on “Nomadland
,” Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing. She is highly favored to win at least one of those categories, but could she pull off a historic sweep? Let’s rank the likelihood of Zhao winning each one.
1. Best Director
After winning dozens of critics’ prizes for her sensitive direction, Zhao swept all four major precursors: Directors Guild of America Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Critics Choice. We’ve seen similar sweeps in recent years for directors like Damien Chazelle
(“La La Land
”), Guillermo del Toro
(“The Shape of Water
”) and Alfonso Cuarón
”), who all went on to win the Oscar.