mandag 26. april 2021

This year's Oscars could have been a moment of pride for China. Then politics got in the way

The Academy Awards this year could have been a major moment of pride for China.  Chloe Zhao, a Beijing-born filmmaker, made history Sunday by winning the best director Oscar for her movie "Nomadland" -- becoming the first Asian woman and only the second woman to ever win the award. Zhao's movie also won best picture. But China is not celebrating -- at least not officially.

On the contrary, this year's Oscars was not aired anywhere in China -- including on two major streaming platforms where the annual ceremony had been shown live in previous years. In Hong Kong, a leading broadcaster opted not to air the Oscars for the first time in more than half a century.

Even as Zhao's victory makes headlines around the world, Chinese state media has remained conspicuously quiet. Hours after the announcement, no reports of her win could be found on the websites of state news agency Xinhua or state broadcaster CCTV. Social media posts sharing the news of her victory have also been censored.