Chloé Zhao became the second woman to win a Golden Globe for Best Director for her film Nomadland. The last and only other time a female director has won in this category was Barbara Streisand for her 1984 film Yentl. This year marked the first time that three female directors earned nominations for best director.

The award-winning Chinese filmmaker is known for her work in independent U.S. films, with her debut feature film, Songs My Brothers Taught Me, premiering at Sundance Film Festival in 2015.

After winning the top Venice Film Festival award last year, the 38-year-old director said, “What I love about America is not necessarily the American Dream, but the fact that there’s so much spirit of fighting to continue to dream once the dreams are broken.”

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