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The Oscars cinema party in Shanghai took place excitingly



By Emily Chow

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A live broadcast of the Academy Awards in Shanghai hosted by Oscar-winner Chloe Zhao’s alma mater met the Great Firewall of China, with host access to His virtual private network (VPN) service was blocked for almost two hours.

Zhao, who was born in China, was named best director for “Nomadland” on Sunday in a win that made her the first woman of color to win the category in 93-year history. of the prize.

About 30 people gathered at a small bar on the Bund, a historic district in central Shanghai, to support Zhao as early as 8am local time (0000 GMT) and watch the award. live on YouTube.

But the screening was held by the Alumni Association of New York University, and it wasn’t until 10:00 a.m. when organizer Kevin Ke started running the VPN service.

“They cut the VPN,” Ke said earlier in a heated tone as he struggled to conduct a screening.

Ke told Reuters that his WeChat account was closed after he wrote a post praising Zhao.

Many Western apps like YouTube are banned in China, where the local internet is tightly regulated and often censored for content that can undermine the country’s ruling Communist Party. A VPN service is needed to bypass the so-called Great Firewall.

Zhao’s triumph comes from rising nationalism in China, where the Beijing-born director grew up. In March, Chinese netizens claimed that Zhao insulted China and questioned her nationality after finding an interview Zhao gave in 2013 in which she criticized the country. .

Information about “Nomadland”, about the modern American trucker community, has been removed from Chinese ticketing platforms, film review websites and social media.

The film, scheduled to premiere on April 23 in mainland China, has been suspended. Chinese regulators have also instructed local media not to broadcast the Oscar ceremony.

A video of Zhao receiving the best director award was posted on a Chinese social network on Monday.

“I was a bit surprised that Zhao did not use Mandarin to say thank you,” said a netizen on the Chinese social network Weibo (NASDAQ :). “Bong Joon-ho speaks in his native language and strives for his right to speak Korean in the international arena.”

Bong, a Korean director, won four Oscars last year for “Parasite”.

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