From Beijing to Badlands: how indie director Zhao won over Hollywood

Los Angeles (AFP) – Born in Beijing but long fascinated by the US West, “Nomadland” director Chloe Zhao has Hollywood in the palm of her hand with a string of prestigious award nominations and a Marvel superhero film on the way. The 38-year-old indie filmmaker earned four Oscar nods Monday, including best director and best picture, for her intimate road movie about semi-retired Americans living off the grid in dilapidated vans. She is the first woman ever to land four Oscar picks in a year, and the first woman of color nominated for the Academy’s best director statuette — barely two weeks aft…

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