Chloé Zhao, Emerald Fennell Make Oscars History as Two Women Nominated for Best Director

It’s about time.

For the first time in its nearly hundred-year history, the Oscars have nominated a pair of female filmmakers in its Best Director category, with both Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell earning nominations for their films “Nomadland” and “Promising Young Woman,” respectively.

Both filmmakers also received screenplay nominations for their films, and each feature landed on the list of eight nominees for Best Picture.In the Academy Awards’ 93-year history, only five women have ever been nominated for Best Director: Lina Wertmüller (1976′s “Seven Beauties”), Jane Campion (1993′s “The Piano”), Sofia Coppola (2003′s “Lost in Translation”), Kathryn Bigelow (2009′s “The Hurt Locker”), and Greta Gerwig (2017′s “Lady Bird”).

This year marks the first time the Academy handed out nominations to not just one woman in the category, but two.

Zhao also becomes the first woman of Asian descent to pick up the nom.The duo will face

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