With a howl from its lead actress, “Nomadland,” a drama about itinerant employees within the American West, was named greatest image.
The story of widow, performed by Frances McDormand, who hits the open street amid the recession within the American West, the film had been sweeping up honors all awards season. In her speech accepting greatest image, the star, who was additionally named greatest actress, gave a howl, however first urged audiences to “please watch our movie on the largest screen possible, and one day very, very soon, take everyone you know into a theater, shoulder to shoulder in that dark space, and watch every film that’s represented here tonight.”
The movie was directed by the Chinese-born filmmaker Chloé Zhao, who earlier within the night was named greatest director. It is simply the second film from a feminine director to take Hollywood’s high trophy (the primary was Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” in 2010). “Nomadland” can also be the primary best-picture winner directed by a lady of coloration.
Accepting the award, Zhao thanked “all the people we met on the road,” and added, “Thank you for teaching us the power of resilience and hope and for reminding us what true kindness looks like.”