The Chinese government boycotts the Oscar ceremony because of Nomadland’s director Chloé Zhao and nominations for the Norwegian short documentary Do Not Split.
The Chinese government boycotted the Oscar Academy Awards, one of the most followed award ceremonies in the entertainment world. According to reports in Bloomberg and Deadline, due to nominations of Nomadland director Chloé Zhao and the short documentary covering the Hong Kong protests, the Chinese state sent an order to local media to “not broadcast the awards ceremony”.
Chloé Zhao, the director of Nomadland, which was nominated for 6 different Oscars, draws attention as one of the rising filmmakers of recent years. However, some of the statements Zhao used about China in an interview in 2013 suddenly caused him to turn into a controversial personality. Zhao, who was also born in Beijing, referred to China as “a place where everywhere is full of lies” in the interview in question.
Chloé Zhao is also currently directing Marvel’s new movie The Eternals. Zhao’s statements about China also made the future of The Eternals at the Chinese box office uncertain. Disney and Marvel place great emphasis on China, the world’s second largest movie market (which won the pandemic). Finally, the movie Endgame had grossed $ 630 million in China.
The second biggest reason for China’s boycott of the Oscar award ceremony was the nomination for the short documentary Do Not Split. Prepared by Norwegian filmmaker Anders Hammer, the documentary focused on the anti-Beijing protests in Hong Kong and China’s rising dominance in the region.