The Oscars premiered February 24th and these overseas Chinese actually won!
1 Domee Shi in Disney Pixar’s “Bao”
Writer, director, and storyboard artist, Domee Shi (nationality: Canadian, Hometown: Chongqing, China) took home an Oscar in the Animated Short Category for her work on Disney Pixar’s “Boa”.
Bao is a heart-warming story about a Chinese mom dealing with an empty nest after her adult son leaves home. In a Pinocchio-style twist, she gets a second chance at motherhood when her dumpling springs to life.
Domee Shi beat the following movies in her category:
- “Animal Behaviour,” Alison Snowden, David Fine
- “Late Afternoon,” Louise Bagnall
- “One Small Step,” Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas
- “Weekends,” Trevor Jimenez
2 Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi in National Geographic’s “Free Solo”
There were THREE overseas Chinese nominated for Oscars in the Best Documentary Feature category.
In the end, power couple, Jimmy Chin (Nationality: American, Parents: Chinese) and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (Nationality: American, Mother’s Hometown: Hong Kong), took home an Oscar for their work in National Geographic’s “Free Solo”.
Free Solo is the amazing story of a free soloist climber, Alex Honnold. In the documentary, Honnold prepares for his lifelong dream: climbing the 3,200 ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park WITHOUT A ROPE.
Chin and Vasarhelyi are the perfect couple to capture Honnold's amazing feat. Chin is a world-renowned photographer and mountaineer; Vasarhelyi is an award-winning documentary filmmaker.
Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi beat the following movies in her category:
- “Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” RaMell Ross
- “Of Fathers and Sons,” Talal Derki
- “RBG,” Betsy West, Julie Cohen
- “Minding the Gap,” Bing Liu (also Chinese)
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