Nomadland brings home the Oscar for Best Picture

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Nomadland, the epic odyssey of a woman who loses her job and home and joins the growing number of Americans living in vans in search of work, is the 2021 Oscar winner.

It was named best picture, beating Aaron Sorkin’s historical drama Chicago 7 trial, and David Fincher’s story on old hollywood, Mank, about the creation of Citizen Kane.

Written, directed, edited and produced by Chloé Zhao, Nomadland is based on the Non-fiction book 2017 Nomadland: surviving America in the 21st century by Jessica Bruder. The film has a fictional composite character – a widow named Fern, played by Frances McDormand – interacting in scenes with many of the real people featured in the pages of the book.

Nomadland was nominated for six awards.

Since its premiere on September 11, 2020 at the Venice Film Festival, Nomadland had received praise from dozens of critical groups and film companies, including the most prestigious awards of the Golden globes, BAFTAs, Critics Choice Awards and the National Society of Film Critics. It was also named American Film Institute Film of the Year.

This year’s Oscar nominees stood out for their diversity, unlike last year’s awards where only one person of color was nominated in major acting categories and no woman was nominated for best director. , which caused an uproar on social media.

In response, the Academy created a set of “inclusion standards” for Best Picture nominees, which will be in place over four years starting in 2022. These standards have not affected this year’s nominees.

McDormand, who produced and starred in the film, launched an appeal in 2018, when she was accepting his best actress statuette for Three billboards outside Ebbing Missouri, so that the members of the Academy insist on a “inclusion rider” in their contracts, imposing diversity behind the camera. Doing Nomadland, she took her own advice.

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