“Nomadland” has wandered straight into the Academy Award for best picture, AP reports.
It’s an unprecedented triumph in the awards show’s most prestigious category for a film with a woman as both director and lead.
In a radical departure from previous decades, the best picture Oscar was not the last handed out. Best actress and best actor have yet to be awarded.
Directed by Chloé Zhao, who won best director earlier Sunday night, and starring Frances McDormand, who is up for best actress, “Nomadland” follows a woman who leaves her small town to join a group of wanderers in the American West.
It’s just the second film directed by a woman to win a best picture Oscar. The first was the Kathryn Bigelow-directed “The Hurt Locker” in 2009.
It beat out fellow nominees “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Minari,” “Sound of Metal,” “The Father,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “Mank” and “Promising Young Woman.”
Frances McDormand caps a triple for Nomadland
Frances McDormand has won the Oscar for best actress, and “Nomadland” triumphed in three of the top categories, including best picture and best director, AP reports.
It’s the second Oscar for McDormand, who also won best actress in 2018 for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” That Oscar was stolen at the post-show Governors Ball, though it was recovered before the night was over.
McDormand plays a woman who leaves her small town to wander the American West in director Chloé Zhao’s film “Nomadland.”
She beat out fellow nominees Viola Davis, Carey Mulligan, Vanessa Kirby and Andra Day.