With her surprise Oscar win, Frances McDormand leapfrogs Meryl Streep to join Katharine Hepburn’s exclusive club

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Frances McDormand‘s Best Actress Oscar win for “Nomadland” was so surprising (she ranked fourth in our racetrack odds), that it almost escapes notice just how historic it was. McDormand has now won three Best Actress Oscars, a feat only ever achieved by one other woman: Katharine Hepburn.

McDormand’s win was baffling but made perfect sense at the same time. On one hand, it should be obvious that the star of the Best Picture front-runner should be the front-runner for acting as well. But on the other hand, “Nomadland’s” status in the Best Picture race seemed completely divorced from McDormand’s performance for most of the year. The Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards gave the film Best Picture without giving McDormand Best Actress. And while the film also won top honors at the Producers Guild and Directors Guild Awards, McDormand lost the film’s only nomination at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The only time Picture and Actress lined up was at the BAFTAs, where a new jury system decided the nominees and snubbed most of her Oscar rivals.

It was also strange because McDormand just won her second Best Actress Oscar three years ago for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” following her first win for “Fargo” (1996). Were they really going to give her a third so soon after making Meryl Streep wait almost 30 years for her third career trophy (from 1982’s “Sophie’s Choice” to 2011’s “The Iron Lady”)? Yes they were, as it turns out, and they gave McDormand a fourth on top of that as a producer of “Nomadland” when it won Best Picture.

It’s not totally without precedent. Daniel Day-Lewis (who besides Hepburn and McDormand is the only actor of any gender to win three lead Oscars) won his second and third trophies within five years (2007’s “There Will Be Blood,” 2012’s “Lincoln”). And other actors in recent years have doubled up quickly, with Christoph Waltz winning Best Supporting Actor twice in rapid succession (2009’s “Inglourious Basterds,” 2012’s “Django Unchained”) and then Mahershala Ali winning that same category twice even faster (2016’s “Moonlight,” 2018’s “Green Book”). Sometimes when they like you, they really like you.

Hepburn is still the only person of any gender to win four acting Oscars, though — and all in the leading category, no less. She claimed Best Actress for “Morning Glory” (1934), “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967), “The Lion in Winter” (1968), and “On Golden Pond” (1981). And her trajectory looked a lot like McDormand’s, actually. Both actors had to wait decades between their first and second wins (there were 21 years between McDormand’s “Fargo” and “Three Billboards” victories). But both won their third trophies quickly after that. If history continues to repeat itself, it might be more than a decade before McDormand ties Hepburn’s all-time record.

But McDormand has already done something that neither Hepburn nor Day-Lewis could do: she managed to win three lead-acting Oscars without ever losing. That’s not to say that McDormand is entirely undefeated at the Oscars, but the only nominations she has ever lost were her three for supporting roles: “Mississippi Burning” (1988), “Almost Famous” (2000), and “North Country” (2005). So clearly the motion picture academy would rather see her front and center than playing second fiddle. And soon maybe all other performers in a century of Oscar history will be playing second fiddle to her.

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China Reacts to Chloé Zhao’s Historic Oscars with Near Silence: ‘We Hope She Becomes More Mature’

IndieWire 26 April, 2021 - 09:04am

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Nomadland” filmmaker Chloé Zhao won two Oscars during the 93rd Academy Awards: Best Director and Best Picture (she was one of the producers on the project). Zhao’s victory in the former category makes her the first Asian woman, the first Chinese woman, and the first woman of color to win the top directing prize at the Oscars. While Zhao’s Best Director win represents a historic moment for China, multiple outlets report that China reacted in near silence to the victory. Zhao was born in Beijing.

According to The Hollywood Reporter: “In the hours immediately after the ceremony, neither China’s official mouthpiece The People’s Daily, state news service Xinhua nor the populist tabloid Global Times had produced a single report on Zhao’s multiple wins at the Academy Awards…One of the exceedingly rare pieces of coverage, on private news site 163.com, actually used the occasion of her victory as an opportunity to not-so-subtly assert one of China’s most important — and contentious — geopolitical priorities. The two-line article stated that Zhao had become ‘the second Chinese filmmaker to win the best director Oscar, after Ang Lee.’ The convention of both the Oscars and the world always has been to regard Lee, who was born and raised in southern Taiwan, as a Taiwanese filmmaker, not mainland Chinese.”

Deadline reports one of the only stories on Zhao’s Oscar win was published in the Global Times with the title “’Nomadland’ Reminds Those Caught Between US-China Rivalry To Keep Faith.” Per Deadline: “[The publication] calls Zhao’s wins ‘good,” but adds, ‘We hope she can become more and more mature.’ It also notes, ‘Worsening bilateral ties are squeezing the room for cultural exchanges between peoples from the two countries. People who are trying to explore opportunities in this field will encounter troubles and disturbances unseen in the past. They will find it hard to please both sides.'”

It’s unsurprising Zhao’s Oscar wins were met with near silence in China, as the film’s marketing was censored in the weeks leading up to the 93rd Academy Awards. Comments perceived as critical of China that Zhao made years ago resurfaced on social media after the Golden Globes, leading to publicity for the film being removed from popular Chinese social media platforms such as Weibo and Douban.

Two quotes drove the mainland backlash against Zhao. The first was from a 2013 interview with Filmmaker Magazine, in which Zhao discussed her interest in making films about the American heartland and said, “It goes back to when I was a teenager in China, being in a place where there are lies everywhere.” The magazine deleted the section in mid-February, days before the ‘Nomadland’ China release date was announced.

The second quote was a misprint from an interview Zhao did in December with an Australian website. The interview was published with the Zhao saying “the U.S. is now my country,” but the website updated the story on March 3 to say it misquoted the filmmaker. What Zhao actually said was “the U.S. is not my country.” Screenshots of the incorrect quote circulated social media and ignited backlash.

As reported by the Associated Press, Weibo users searching for the hashtag “Nomadland has a release date” or the film’s Chinese title “No land to rely on” in February were met with the following message: “According to the relevant laws, regulations and policies, the page is not found.” While hashtag pages for “Nomadland Movie” and “Chloé Zhao” existed, Variety noted the China’s National Arthouse Alliance of Cinemas post featuring the film’s poster had been deleted from the platform. The film’s Chinese poster and release date were also removed from Douban.

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