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 Chloé Zhao wins best director Oscar for ‘Nomadland’

LOS ANGELES: Chloé Zhao has made history at the 2021 Academy Awards.

Chloé Zhao AP PHOTO

Zhao won the Oscar for best director for “Nomadland,” becoming just the second woman and the first woman of color to win the award.

“My entire ‘Nomadland’ company, what a crazy, once-in-a-lifetime journey we’ve all been on together,” Zhao said.

This was the only year in Oscar history with two female nominees, Zhao and “Promising Young Woman” director Emerald Fennell.

It was the first Oscar for the 39-year-old Zhao, who was born in Beijing and went to college and film school in the United States. “Nomadland” was her third feature.

Daniel Kaluuya wins supporting actor, his 1st Oscar

LOS ANGELES: Daniel Kaluuya won his first Academy Award for playing one of the two title roles in “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

Daniel Kaluuya AP PHOTO

In a quirk of the nominating process, LaKeith Stanfield — who played William O’Neal who betrayed Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton to the FBI — competed in the same category.

“I share this honor with the gift that is LaKeith Stanfield,” Kaluuya told the small audience in downtown Los Angeles.

The London-born Kaluuya portrayed the fiery Hampton, who was killed in an FBI raid in 1969. He already earned Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild awards for the role.

Youn Yuh-jung wins best supporting actress Academy Award

LOS ANGELES: Youn Yuh-jung, a prominent film and TV actor in her home country of South Korea, won the best supporting actress award Oscar for her role in “Minari.”

Yuh-jung Youn in a scene from ‘Minari.’ AP PHOTO

She is the first Korean woman to be nominated for an Oscar and the second Asian actress to win in the category, more than four decades after Japanese-born Miyoshi Umeki earned the trophy for 1957’s “Sayonara.”

Youn plays Soon-ja, a card-playing grandmom with a knack for swearing, who’s moved from Korea to join her daughter and stepson in the US.

Soon-ja and her initially wary grandson form an unlikely but loving bond.

Pixar’s ‘Soul’ wins best animated feature Academy Award

LOS ANGELES: Pixar’s “Soul” has won the Oscar for best animated feature.

Soul IMDB PHOTO

Pixar has now won the award 11 times in the 20 years since the category was established.

The film stars the voices of Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey.

“Soul” follows an aspiring musician and middle-school band teacher who loses his life — but attempts to escape the afterlife during his quest to help an infant soul.

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