This 2021 has been a big year for us, Asians. Despite all the hardships the past year, we rise to the occasion and achieve great things, showcasing our talent to the world. Whether it’s in sports, music, cinema or television, we showed the world our “can do” spirit.
1. Chloé Zhao
First: Asian woman to win Best Director at the Oscars
Zhao is the most awarded person in a single awards season in the modern era. The Beijing-born filmmaker is known for her independent films and this year, worked on Marvel’s Eternals—her biggest movie to date.