Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao honored at Ojai Film Festival


OJAI, Calif .– Chloe Zhao was honored at the 2021 Ojai Film Festival on Saturday.

The Ojai resident was honored with the 2021 Distinguished Artist Award.

Zhao had an in-person question-and-answer session with film guests after watching his 2017 film ‘The horseman‘.

Guests then enjoyed a post-film reception at the Ojai Arts Center.

The horseman‘is a contemporary Western American drama set in the Badlands of South Dakota. It follows a young cowboy’s journey towards self-discovery after a near-fatal accident that ends his riding career. The film won the Art Cinema Award at the Cannes Film Festival and received Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Director.

Zhao is best known for her film ‘Nomadic countryshe wrote and directed. It won the Best Picture award at the 2020 Oscars. Zhao is the first woman of Asian descent to win the Golden Globe for Directing and is the second woman to win, with Barbra Streisand being the first in 1984.

Zhao’s most recent film ‘The Eternals‘released last weekend and is the latest installment in the Marvel Universe.

Zhao was born in Beijing before attending boarding school in London and moved to Los Angeles to finish high school. She worked at random before studying film production at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.


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