Best Director – Motion Picture
BEST DIRECTOR ‑ MOTION PICTURE
Chloe Zhao “Nomadland”
CHLOE ZHAO: Thanks to everyone. Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press. And thank you, my fellow nominees. Thank you for making beautiful, beautiful movies. This award belongs to the whole “Nomadland” team. The entire cast and crew, all the producers, everyone at Searchlight, you all know who you are. Thank you, thank you so much. I want to thank my partner Josh and my family for keeping me sane all these years. And I especially want to thank the nomads who shared their stories with us. And I asked one of them, Bob Wells, to help me out here. And this is what he said about compassion: “Compassion is the breakdown of all the barriers between us, a heart‑to‑heart bonding. Your pain is my pain. It’s mingled and shared between us.” Now, this is why I fell in love with making movies and telling stories, because they give us a chance to laugh and cry together, and they give us a chance to learn from each other and to have more compassion for each other. So thank you everyone who made it possible to do what I love. Thank you very much.
QUESTION: Hi, Chloe. Congratulations.
CHLOÉ ZHAO: Hi.
QUESTION: Can I ask you about several historic events for the Golden Globes? First you are the first Asian-American woman to win the best director award and you are also the first Asian woman to win for best picture and you also have the honor of having the first film directed by a woman to win best picture. So your reactions to those? Because those are three historic milestones in the history of the Golden Globes awards.
CHLOÉ ZHAO: I apologize because I can only hear your every other word because of the connection, I think. I think I know what you’re saying.
I mean, sometimes a first feels like a long time coming, isn’t it? You feel like it is about time. I’m sure — I don’t know, I am sure there’s many others before me that deserve the same recognition. I just love what I do. I just really love it. If this means more people like me get to live their dream and get to do what I do, I’m happy.
QUESTION: Do you hear me?
CHLOÉ ZHAO: Hi. I hear every other word. Hi.
QUESTION: Hi. Congratulations. Winning the film festival in Venice was a big thing, I guess, for you. You made a movie with a very strong leading lady, but also a lot of nonactors in the movie.
So how did you sort of inspire each other with strong actors, you as a relatively new filmmaker and all together in one group?
CHLOÉ ZHAO: Sorry, say the last two sentence about strong, strong…
QUESTION: So a strong leading lady.
CHLOÉ ZHAO: What’s the last part?
QUESTION: Strong leading lady, nonactors playing together, and you there to inspire the whole group?
CHLOÉ ZHAO: You know, it is like we had all got in a boat together and went on a sailing trip. Yes, I am the captain, but it is a matter of survival when you’re out there. You know, we all every day are looking at the sun setting. We need water. We need to find bathroom, and now the storm is coming.
Being out there in this landscape on the road, we needed each other. We needed each other, and I think that’s what — how the bond is formed. That’s how we learned to trust each other and work together.
QUESTION: Many congratulations on your win tonight. An incredible film.
The question I was going to ask was about the first female winner, but that’s already been asked.
If I can instead ask you, “Nomadland” has been talked about as a favorite for the Oscars for some time, and it is a little harder to ignore those ideas now.
How do you feel about the award recognition that your film is getting?
CHLOÉ ZHAO: I think the film’s called “Nomadland,” and there’s a word called “nomad” in there. I think if this means that more people, when they walk down the road or they walk around their neighborhood and they see someone who is not living in a traditional home, who is living an alternative lifestyle and maybe wave and say “Hi,” you will make their day.
So the recognition that we are getting, the awareness that I think it is going to bring to the nomadic community I think is a great thing.
QUESTION: Hello, Chloé. GMA 7 in the Philippines here. Congratulations on your historic win tonight.
The main question I wanted to ask you is, we are seeing a rise in violence towards Asians and Asian-Americans here in the United States, and obviously part of this is there isn’t as much representation, so people in communities that are around Asians or Asian-Americans may not know someone personally.
How important is it to make sure there’s more Asian representation in media, especially during difficult times in the community right now?
CHLOÉ ZHAO: Yeah, I think really a lot of great people have been doing incredible work in the community to raise awareness.
Again, the word “compassion.” I think when we look in each other’s eyes and stare at the other person, you can’t deny them as a human being. We all just have to learn maybe to be a bit more compassionate to ourselves. I sometimes feel like people with so much hate, maybe they just hate themselves. I think an understanding and trying to see the world from the other person’s perspective is the only way we can survive as a species.
QUESTION: Hi. How are you? Congratulations.
CHLOÉ ZHAO: Thank you.
QUESTION: Absolutely loved this movie. I was going to ask about some of the other things you mentioned, but I just wanted to see if you would sum up working with Frances McDormand.
CHLOÉ ZHAO: Working with who?
QUESTION: Working with Frances McDormand.
CHLOÉ ZHAO: Sorry, you are breaking up. It says Fresman to me when I hear it. I am assuming you are talking about Frances. So I wanted to check. Who is Fresman?
CHLOÉ ZHAO: Frances, of course. Frances really lives her art. She’s probably somewhere in the desert right now. We don’t know where she is, I think. She just had so much curiosity and so much vigor to live about life and other people around her. It has been a privilege to see the world through her eyes and to be able to craft this character with her.
I think her being one of the best actresses of our time isn’t just her craft, but also her as a person.