Several filmmakers honored in this year’s Academy Awards used the opportunity to speak out against racially motivated hatred amid a recent surge in anti-Asian attacks in the United States, while the ceremony featured historic firsts for East Asian women, a Hollywood minority.

Chloe Zhao, winner of Best Directing and Best Picture for “Nomadland,” poses in the press room at the Oscars on April 25, 2021, in Los Angeles. (Pool/Getty/Kyodo)

Chloe Zhao, a native of China who on Sunday became the first Asian woman to win an Oscar in the best director category, said in a backstage interview
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