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At the beginning of last month, she was still the “Pride of China” in the mouth of Chinese official media, but now, the news of her historic Oscar winning is facing strict censorship and blockade in China.
The 39-year-old Chinese female director Zhao Ting won the 2021 Academy Award for Best Director with the film “Nomadland” (“Nomadland”/”Wandering World”). She became the first non-white woman to receive this honor. . But the news no longer makes Beijing’s politicians happy.
The authorities even took measures to block the news. On Weibo, “Zhao Ting”, “Wuyizhidi” and “Oscar” seem to have become sensitive words, and related online posts have been removed on a large scale.
At the press conference of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the afternoon of Monday (April 26), when a reporter asked whether Zhao Ting and his film had been censored, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wang Wenbin said, “What you mentioned is not a diplomatic issue. “
Before winning the high-scoring Oscar for Best Director on Sunday (April 25) local time in the United States, Zhao Ting won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director in the film category at the end of February this year. At that time, she was once awarded by Chinese officials. Compliments from the media and heated discussions from netizens. But the good times did not last long. Some Chinese netizens dug up her remarks in previous interviews, and she was criticized for “humiliating China.”
In an interview with the American film magazine Filmmaker in 2013, Zhao Ting recalled her childhood and said that China at that time was “a place full of lies.” In another interview, an Australian media quoted Zhao Ting as saying: “After all, the United States is now my country.”
Although the media later corrected that Zhao Ting said at the time that “the United States is not my country after all,” this sentence still annoyed many Chinese nationalists. Regarding the nationality of the director who has lived in the United States for a long time, there have been different opinions from the outside world. There are reports that she is a Chinese director, and there are also reports that she has become an American citizen.
After Zhao Ting won the award, movie accounts and netizens including “Sina Movies”, “Watch Hollywood”, “Houson Monkey” and other social media reposted the news on Weibo, Douban and other social media and expressed their blessings, but they Soon I found out that my post was deleted. The hashtag of “#赵婷赢下奥卡奖奖#” was blocked.
“Unexpectedly, this can also be clipped (deleted). The speed of the wheel is much faster than expected,” said a Weibo netizen.
“Why can I be caught by reposting and likening? Is it true that the director can’t listen if he tells the truth? ” Another Weibo netizen criticized.
Some netizens sarcastically said: “It’s weird, hasn’t the U.S. Oscar been held this year? It hasn’t been announced since April.
I searched for the keyword “Zhao Ting” on Baidu, China’s largest search engine, and there was no news about his award. At the forefront is a commentary published in March by Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the state-run Global Times.
“You have to pay it back sooner or later, as Zhao Ting said. Right now these are the storms and costs she should bear,” Hu Xijin wrote in the article.
The censored was not only posts with keywords such as “Zhao Ting” or “Nowhere”, but also other Oscar winning news and award videos. A search for “Oscar” on Weibo revealed only news about a Chinese variety show trainee with the same name.
In order to avoid deleting posts, some Chinese netizens can only use English or homophones such as “Normad-land” and “No 1 Land”, and some netizens use “Chloe Zhao” to call her, which is her English name Transliteration of Chloé Zhao.
In contrast, when Taiwanese director Li Ang and South Korean director Bong Joonho won the Oscars for Best Director in 2013 and 2020 respectively, they were not only received by top leaders in Taiwan and South Korea, but also widely received in mainland China. Discussion and congratulations.
In this year’s Oscars, in addition to Zhao Ting’s own award, her work “Nomadic Life” also won the best film award, and the leading actress Frances McDormand won the best actress, which made the film Become the big winner of the awards season.
The film itself has nothing to do with Chinese politics. It tells a story about the United States. After the American economic recession in the 2010s, a woman sold all her belongings, moved into a mobile RV, and lived a modern homeless life. s story.
When accepting the award, Zhao Ting said that shooting this film reminded herself of the experience of playing ancient poetry reciting games with her father in her childhood, and she deeply felt the concept of “the beginning of man, the good nature” in the “San Zi Jing”.
Born in Beijing, she especially pronounced this sentence in Chinese, and said that these six words have a profound impact on it. “So this award is for everyone who has the faith and the courage to stick to the kindness in their hearts, and stick to each other no matter how difficult it is,” she said.
According to previous movie posters, “Nomadic Life” was originally scheduled to be released in China on April 23, but it was reportedly later withdrawn. On Douban, although the entry for the movie is still there, the Chinese poster has been removed, and the release date in China has also disappeared.
As of Monday afternoon, the Chinese media did not report on the Oscars, and Hong Kong did not broadcast the Oscars for the first time in 52 years. Hong Kong media TVB, which broadcasted the awards ceremony in previous years, said that this was a “pure commercial consideration.”
In addition to Zhao Ting, the documentary “Do Not Split” with the theme of Hong Kong’s “anti-send” movement was nominated for the best documentary short film at this year’s Oscars. This is seen as another cause of the jealousy of Beijing officials.