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omadland is a 2020 American drama film based on the 2017 non-fiction book Nomaland: Surviving America in th...
omadland is a 2020 American drama film based on the 2017 non-fiction book Nomaland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder. The film is written, edited, produced, and directed by Chloé Zhao, and stars Frances McDormand (who also a producer on the film) as a vandwelling working nomad who leaves her hometown after her husband dies and the sole industry closes down, to be "houseless" and travel around the United States. David Strathairn also stars in a supporting role. Real-life nomads Linda May, Swankie, and Bob Wells appear as fictionalized versions of themselves.
Nomadland premiered on September 11, 2020, at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion. It also won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. It had a one-week streaming limited release on December 4, 2020, and was released by Searchlight Pictures in selected IMAX theaters in the United States on January 29, 2021, and simultaneously in theaters, and streaming digitally on Hulu, on February 19, 2021.
The film's success at the Golden Globes and the Oscars was praised on social media outlets. Owing to scrutiny over remarks by Zhao to Filmmaker in 2013, where she had reportedly described China as a country with "lies everywhere", Nomadland and the 93rd Academy Awards were both censored in China. The Oscar telecast was pulled by its Chinese rightsholders, all discussion and footage of the ceremony or Zhao was censored by social media platforms, and the state-controlled Xinhua News Agency and People’s Dailey contained no reports on the ceremony or Nomadland's victory.
The film was praised for its direction, screenplay, editing, cinematography, and performances, especially of McDormand. It was the third-highest rated film of 2020 on Metacritic, which found it to be the most frequently ranked by critics and publications as one of the best films of the year. At the 93rd Academy Awards, it won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress.