LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jane Campion’s sabbatical from film has not diminished the respect and admiration of her peers.
Campion, whose last feature was 2009’s “Bright Star,” was honored as best director at Sunday’s Oscars for the unconventional western “The Power of the Dog.”
The 67-year-old filmmaker’s win marks the first time the directing award has been given to back-to-back women, with Chloe Zhao winning last year for “Nomadland”. Campion is the third woman to win in the category.
“Big love for my fellow nominees. … You are all so amazing, and it could have been any of you,” the New Zealand native said, calling the award a “lifetime honour” .
“I love directing because it’s a deep dive into history, but the task of manifesting a world can be overwhelming. The good thing is that I’m not alone,” Campion said, thanking the stars of the film, its producers and Netflix.
“The Power of the Dog,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee, is based on Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel about wealthy ranching brothers and is set in 1925 Montana. acting offers.
Campion, the first woman to be nominated for direction twice, triumphed over a field that included Steven Spielberg for the remake of “West Side Story.” When Campion received his first directing nod, in 1994 for “The Piano,” Spielberg took home the trophy for “Schindler’s List.”
Her nomination in 1994 made her the second woman to compete in the category, following Lina Wertmuller’s breakthrough 1977 entry for “Seven Beauties.” Campion won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for “The Piano”, with Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin receiving acting trophies.
Campion’s win on Sunday makes her the first woman to win both directing and writing awards.
Since the awards began in 1927, a total of seven women have competed in the Best Director category. Kathryn Bigelow was the first to win, for “The Hurt Locker” in 2010, with Zhao’s victory coming more than a decade later.
Campion was not idle during her break from the movies. She co-created the television series “Top of the Lake,” which in 2013 received eight Emmy nominations and an award for its first season. Campion shared the writing and directing nods.
She was drawn to acting by Savage’s novel, which she called “an amazing piece of literature”, and the realization that, while she loved doing the TV series, she was ready to embrace the film again. cinema setting.
“The discipline and rigor of those two hours was something I was excited to come back to,” Campion told the AP last year.
Other nominees in the directing category this year were Paul Thomas Anderson for “Licorice Pizza”, Kenneth Branagh for “Belfast” and Ryûsuke Hamaguchi for “Drive My Car”.