Chloe Zhao, who was born in Beijing, broke records at the Oscars on Sunday night. She became the first woman of colour to win Best Director for her film Nomadland and only the second woman to win the award in 93 years. Neil and Catherine have the vocabulary you need to talk about this story.

Video chapters:
0:00​​​​​​​​​​​ – Introduction
0:36 – Story
1:56​​​​ – Headline 1: Oscars 2021: Nomadland, Anthony Hopkins and Daniel Kaluuya share glory
5:37​​​ – Headline 2: Oscars 2021: no real upsets but Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland triumph is a wonderful coup
8:53 – Headline 3: Oscars 2021: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises, From Chadwick Boseman to Frances McDormand
11:50​​​​​​​​​​​ – Language summary

The story
Nomadland. Nomadland won Best Picture, and its lead, Frances McDormand, won her third Oscar for her portrayal of a widow and her journey through grief and the American West. Nomadland’s director, Beijing-born Chloe Zhao, won her craft’s highest accolade – becoming only the second woman to win that category in the award’s 93-year history.

Key words and phrases
praise and honour for a great achievement

Only a few sportspeople experience the true glory of becoming world champion.
It was a glorious day – it was warm and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

occasions when someone wins something another person or team was expected to win

It was a massive upset when my team won the league. No one expected them to do it.
Global warming has upset the world’s climate.

actions that insult someone by not including them

The coach snubbed her star player by leaving her out of the final.
It was seen as a snub when he didn’t go to his brother’s wedding.

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