BREAKING: Nomadland has won Best Picture at the 93rd Academy Awards.

Directed by Chloé Zhao, the film follows fifty-something Fern (played by Frances McDormand), who at the height of an economic collapse in her home of rural Nevada, packs her van and sets off on the road. What follows is an exploration of the American West, and most notably the cinematic narratives of compassion, displacement, grief and human healing.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 25: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this handout photo provided by A.M.P.A.S., Chloé Zhao attends the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on April 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Petit/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images)

The third feature film from Zhao, Nomadland actually features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells, who more or less act as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through America.

Nomadland and Zhao were tipped to win big tonight, after they took out Best Motion Picture in the Drama Category and Best Director at the 2021 Golden Globes.

Beijing-born Zhao also won Best Director this evening, making her the second woman in history to do so. Her Best Director win also marks her as the first ever woman of colour to be honoured in the category.

The other nominee’s for Best Picture were The Trial Of The Chicago 7, Mank, Promising Young Woman, Minari, The Father, Sound Of Metal and Judas And The Black Messiah.

Watch the NOMADLAND trailer here: 

See every winner from the 2021 Oscars right here.

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