Hong Chau

Nominated for Best Female Lead


Female Lead: Driveways


Kathy (Hong Chau), a single mother, and her shy eight-year-old son Cody (newcomer Lucas Jaye) travel to Kathy’s late sister’s house, which they plan to clean and sell. As Kathy realizes how little she knew about her sister, Cody develops an unlikely friendship with Del (Brian Dennehy), the Korean War vet and widower who lives next door. Over the course of the summer and with Del’s encouragement, Cody develops the courage to come out of his shell and, along with his mother, finds a new place to call home.


Hong Chau had her breakout role as a political refugee in the Alexander Payne film Downsizing, garnering nominations for a Golden Globe, SAG Award and Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress. Before that, Hong’s work in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice contributed to the film’s Robert Altman Award win (for outstanding ensemble cast, director and casting director) at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards. In addition to Andrew Ahn’s Driveways, Hong has several projects coming out in 2020: the second season of Homecoming on Amazon, Mad Men writer/executive producer Semi Chellas’ feature debut American Woman and Disney’s Artemis Fowl, directed by Kenneth Branagh. She can currently be seen playing Lady Trieu in Watchmen on HBO.