This year, Chloe Zhao’s movie “Nomadland” has become the talk of the industry. The movie has received many honors and awards. Now, the film has got its director, Chloe Zhao an Oscar for the Best Director. The lead star Frances McDormand has also the Academy Award for Best Actress. In addition, Chloe Zhao also accepted the Best Picture Academy Award for her film Nomadland.
Certainly, both the stars gave a heartfelt speech upon their achievements. Chloe Zhao shone a light on her childhood inspiration, while Frances McDormand went out of words. Thanking the Academy and her fellow nominees, Zhao said, “My entire Nomadland company, what a crazy, once in a lifetime journey we went on together. Thank you so much, I’m so grateful to you.”
She added, “I have thinking a lot lately, of how I keep going when things get hard… and I think it goes back to something I learned when I was a kid. When I was growing up in China, my dad and I used to play this game. We would memorize classic Chinese poems and texts, and we would recite it together, and try to finish each other’s sentences.
Zhao mentioned one Chinese text that she remembers dearly called “The Three Character Classics”. She translated the first phrase of the text for the audience, “People at birth are inherently good.” Zhao said, “Those six letter had such a great impact on me when I was a kid, and I still truly believe them today. Even though sometimes it might seem like the opposite is true, but I have always found goodness in the people I met, everywhere I went in the world. So, this is for anyone who has the faith and the courage to hold on to the goodness in themselves… and each other, no matter how difficult it is to do that.”
Frances McDormand, on the other hand, kept her speech short but powerful. She said, “They didn’t ask me but if they had, I would have said Karaoke because when you got voices like Leslie and Marcus and in that, then we should add a karaoke bar… I have no word… My voice is in my sword… We know the sword is our work… And I like work. Thank you for knowing that and thanks for this (Oscar).