The Latest: 'Nomadland' wanders into the Globe winner circle

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This image released by Searchlight Pictures shows writer-director Chlo Zhao, from left, director of photography Joshua James Richards and actress Frances McDormand on the set of "Nomadland." Zhao has made cinema of rugged authenticity, relying frequently on non-professional actors and moments of serendipity while filming. She is nominated for a Golden Globe for best director. (Searchlight Pictures via AP)

(AP) – The Latest on the Golden Globe ceremony (all times local):

8:05 p.m.

“Nomadland” has come in from the desert to take the Golden Globe for best picture in the drama category.

The film, a prime candidate for a best-picture Oscar, took home two Globes on Sunday night in the most atypical of years, where the pandemic had a major effect on the scaled-back, bi-coastal ceremony and on the films released.

Earlier, Chloe Zhao became the first woman of Asian descent to win the Golden Globe for best director for the film.

“Nomadland” follows a woman, played by Frances McDormand, who leaves her small town to join a group of wanderers in the American West.

It beat out fellow nominees “Mank,” “The Father,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and “Promising Young Woman.”

Accepting the best picture award, Zhao paid tribute to all those who have been on difficult journeys, quoting a line from the film: “We don’t say goodbye, we say see you down the road.”