Chloe Zhao makes history with best director Oscar win

Category : Lifestyle/Entertainment

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. woman of color / ˈwʊm ən ʌv ˈkʌl ər / (n.) – a woman who isn’t white

    Kamala Harris was the first woman of color to be elected vice president of the United States.

  2. for a living / fər ə ˈlɪv ɪŋ / (idiom) – as one’s job or way to earn money

    My parents run a bakery for a living.

  3. transient worker / ˈtræn ʃənt ˈwɜr kər / (n.) – a worker who moves from one short-term job to another and doesn’t have a permanent home

    It’s hard to be a transient worker because you always need to find a new place to live.

  4. sport / spɔrt / (v.) – to wear something, especially to get attention

    The actress sported a designer gown that sells for over $500,000.

  5. pay homage to (someone/something) / peɪ ˈhɒm ɪdʒ tu / (idiom) – to show admiration or respect to someone or something

    The company’s new ad for Mother’s Day pays homage to mothers all over the world.


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Chloe Zhao made history at the 93rd Academy Awards, becoming the first woman of color to win best director and just the second woman to win the award.

At the in-person event in Los Angeles’ Union Station on April 25, Zhao won the directing Oscar for Nomadland, joining Kathryn Bigelow, who won in 2009 for The Hurt Locker.

“I’m extremely lucky to be able to do what I love for a living,” she said backstage. “This win means more people get to live their dreams. I’m extremely grateful.”

This was the only year in the awards’ 93-year history with two female nominees: Zhao and Promising Young Woman director Emerald Fennell.

Zhao’s film, starring Frances McDormand, tells the story of a woman in her 60s and other transient workers in the American West. The film won best picture and McDormand took home the award for best actress.

Wearing braids and sporting white tennis shoes, Zhao thanked her entire cast and crew. She also paid homage to those who inspired her to “keep going.”

“This is for anyone who has the faith and the courage to hold onto the goodness in themselves and hold onto the goodness in each other, no matter how difficult it is to do that,” she said during her acceptance speech. “This is for you. You inspire me to keep going.” (AP)

This article was provided by The Japan Times Alpha.

Viewpoint Discussion

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Discussion A

  • Zhao became just the second woman ever to win best director at the Academy Awards, joining Bigelow, who won in 2009. Does this surprise you? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • Zhao’s movie also won best picture, and its star took home the award for best actress. In your opinion, what’s the best movie that has ever been made? Who’s the best actor/actress of all time? Why? Discuss.

Discussion B

  • When choosing a movie to watch, do you ever consider what awards (if any) the movie has won? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • In your opinion, what can ruin a movie (ex. a boring story, bad acting, cheap special effects)? Why? Discuss.
Category : Lifestyle/Entertainment