The filmmaker won for her documentary A Girl in the River, which sheds light on honour killing in Pakistan
The filmmaker won for her documentary A Girl in the River, which sheds light on honour killing in Pakistan

Today Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy made history as the only Pakistani to win two Academy Awards.

She was awarded the Oscar in the category Best Documentary - Short Subject for her documentary A Girl in the River, which follows the life of an 18-year-old girl who is a survivor of an honour killing attempt.

She is one of only eleven female directors who have ever won an Oscar for a non-fiction film and the only Pakistani to win two Academy Awards.

Social media reacted to the win, here's what people had to say:

From celebs to politicians, many gave the director a shoutout.

Her speech moved many.

Obaid-Chinoy winning the accolade was like a slap in the face of the "moral brigade" that tried to put her down.

Many hoped this would pave the way for reform.

Obviously, haters gonna hate.

But we can't let that get our girl down!

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