China-born director Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland made history by winning three Oscars this year, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress. She is the first woman of color and second woman ever to win an Academy Award, or Oscar, for Best Director. She is also the third Asian to win Best Director after Ang Lee and Bong Joon Ho.
Zhao’s acceptance speech included a line from a poem she remembered dearly called “The Three Character Classics”. The line in English means, “People are good at birth.” “Those six letters had such impact on me as a kid,” recalled Zhao. “And I still truly believe them today, even though sometimes it might seem like the opposite is true.”