Oscars 2021: ‘Nomadland’ viewed as front-runner for best picture, director for Chloe Zhao at 93rd Academy Awards

LOS ANGELES — Going into the 93rd Oscars, “Nomadland” is widely viewed as the leading contender for best picture and best director, two of the six awards the Searchlight Pictures film is up for:

Zhao is the first woman of Asian descent to get a best director nomination — and the most nominated woman in a single year in Oscar history.

VIDEO: Chloe Zhao, Swankie from ‘Nomadland’ hit the red carpet

The film is based on a 2017 non-fiction book about modern-day nomads by Jessica Bruder. It stars McDormand as Fern, who sets off on a journey around the country

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