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Oscars winner: "Nomadland" is best film - what is the drama about?

At the Venice Film Festival last September, Frances McDormand told an anecdote that actors like to tell - it's about the power of transformation. But this one is worth retelling. Because it sounds as true as McDormand's "Nomadland" looks like. The drama was named Best Picture at the 93rd Academy Awards, McDormand for Best Actress and Chloé Zhao for Best Director.

During the filming of the cinema drama, the actress disappeared into a supermarket. There they did not recognize her as the three-time Oscar winner she has been since her appearances as a pregnant policewoman in “Fargo” (1996), as a combative mother in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (2017) and since Monday night for hers Role in "Nomadland" is. Instead, they gave her a form: Please fill it out if she is looking for a job in the supermarket.

McDormand may have designed that very reaction as a kind of self-experiment, but that doesn't matter. She returned to filming and let her director Chloé Zhao know with satisfaction: “It works!” McDormand had convincingly transformed into one of those people among whom she moves in “Nomadland” and who are for the most part embodied by laypeople. They present their own lives in front of the camera.

McDormand's character Fern - we only get her first name - travels from job to job across America in her rickety van for most of the film. Remotely sorts parcels in an Amazon distribution warehouse, scrubbing the dripping fat off the stove in a fast-food kitchen or the toilets at a rest area. Fern is a widow who has lost everything: her husband to cancer, her job and her house to the economic crisis. When the only big employer in their town goes bankrupt, even the town's postcode is deleted.