At last night’s 74th annual BAFTA Awards, the Nomadland filmmaker took home the award for Best Direction. Not only is she the second female in history to win this particular category, but she’s also the first woman of Asian descent.
Zhao is following in the footsteps of Kathryn Bigelow, who became the first female winner with The Hurt Locker in 2010. The director was nominated alongside three other females: Sarah Gavron (Rocks), Shannon Murphy (Babyteeth) and Jasmila Žbanić (Quo Vadis, Aida?). Other Best Direction nominees included Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round) and Lee Isaac Chung (Minari).