Chloé Zhao and Regina King are vying to become the first women of color to receive Oscar nods for directing.
When Barbra Streisand was about to present the Oscar for best director at the 82nd annual Academy Awards on March 7, 2010, she glanced at the winner’s name and intoned, “Well, the time has come.” She then announced that Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to win in that category, for The Hurt Locker. (Following Bigelow's speech, the two barrier-busting women were played off with Helen Reddy's 1972 smash "I Am Woman.")
More history could be made when the nominations for the 93rd annual Academy Awards are announced on March 15. There’s a good chance that two women could be competing for best director for the first time. Chloé Zhao is considered the front-runner for Nomadland. Regina King is also likely to receive a nod for One Night in Miami.
Zhao, who is Chinese, and/or King, an African-American, would be the first women of color to receive Oscar nods for directing.