LOS ANGELES, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Chinese-born female director Chloe Zhao, or Zhao Ting, won Best Director award at 2020 North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA) Awards for film "Nomadland" on Monday, continuing to sweep the awards circuit in the United States.
Zhao became the first female to win the NCFCA Award for Best Director. Her film from Disney's Searchlight Pictures also took home three other top honors of the U.S. critics group's annual awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay for Zhao, Best Actress for Frances McDormand, and Best Cinematography for Joshua James Richards.
Based on Jessica Bruder's 2017 non-fiction book "Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century," the film stars two-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand as an out-of-work woman who packs her van and sets off from her small town to travel around the vast landscape of the American West, exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.
The 38-year-old filmmaker is racking up audience and critics' awards and accolades, gathering momentum to put her and "Nomadland" hot on the Oscar contender trail.
"Nomadland" nabbed the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2020.
The film has piled up awards and nominations from coast to coast in the United States in recent weeks, including Best Director awards from the Boston Online Film Critics Association, the Boston Society of Film Critics, the Florida Film Critics Circle, Indiana Film Journalists Association awards, IndieWire Critics Poll, the New York Film Critics Circle and the LA Film Critics Association.