The Power of the Dog Filmmaker Jane Campion is the first woman to receive two Best Director nominations
As noted by Variety, Campion is just one of seven (count them, seven) cisgender women nominated for Best Director at the Oscars since the annual awards ceremony kicked off in 1929. The other six nominated to date are Lina Wertmüller for “Seven Beauties” in 1977, Sofia Coppola for “Lost in Translation” in 2004, Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker” in 2010, Greta Gerwig for “Lady Bird” in 2018, and Chloé Zhao for “Nomadland” and Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman” in 2021. Zhao and Fennell’s double nod also meant that 2021 was the first time two women had competed for Best Director in the same year, with Zhao becoming the second woman to win in this category after Bigelow’s victory in 2010.
Adapted from Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel of the same name, “The Power of the Dog” stars Cumberbatch as a rich and cruel rancher who torments the new wife (Dunst) and son (Smit-McPhee) of his brother (Plemons) when they come to live at the duo’s Montana ranch around 1925. Having already won the Silver Lion for directing Campion at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, the film only cemented his leader status (otherwise the favorite) to win Best Picture at the 2022 Oscars thanks to its many nominations. And while Campion’s nod is certainly well deserved, it’s also a reminder that the Academy’s work is far from done when it comes to being inclusive with the films and artists it nominates. for his first prizes.
The 94th Annual Academy Awards will air on ABC on March 27, 2022.