It was a historic night for women in Hollywood and all over the world with women taking home a groundbreaking 17 awards.
Overall, 76 Oscar nominations were for women in various categories.
Among the winners was Chloé Zhao, who made history by becoming the first woman of color and the first woman of Asian descent to win a Best Director Oscar for her film Nomadland.
Last month, Zhao made history at the Golden Globes when she became the first woman to receive the award for Best Drama in the director category.
“This is for anyone who has the faith and the courage to hold out to the goodness in themselves and to hold out to the goodness in each other, no matter how difficult it is to do that,” she said in her acceptance speech. “You inspire me to keep going.”
Zhao and fellow female director Emerald Fennell jointly made history, becoming the first time that two women were nominated for best director. Fennell was nominated for her film “Promising Young Woman.”
There have only been seven women who have been nominated in the director category over the Academy’s 93 years presenting the awards.
Legendary character actress Frances McDormand also won big for her contributions to the film Nomadland.
McDormand’s win Sunday night for Best Actress and Best Picture (as a producer of Nomadland) solidified her as the 2nd woman with the most wins in Oscar history.
The “Nanny McPhee” actress has four Oscars which is the most held by any living woman. The honor was previously held by Katherine Hepburn who died in 2003.
“I have no words. My voice is in my sword,” she said in her acceptance speech, quoting Macbeth — an adaptation of which she’s soon slated to star in opposite Denzel Washington. “We know the sword is our work, and I like work. Thank you for knowing that, and thanks for this.”
The 23-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer H.E.R. won her first Oscar for the song “Fight For You,” which was featured on the film “Judas and the Black Messiah.”
“I am so, so, so grateful,” she said. “As long as I’m standing, I’m always going to fight for us, I’m always going to fight for my people and fight for what’s right. I think that’s what music does and I think that’s what storytelling does.”
Congrats to all of the amazing women who are making history and paving the way for the next generation.