Before the Oscars 2022, Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog) pays for Hollywood reactions

Distinguished by the prestigious Directors Guild for her latest feature film, the filmmaker recalls that she is a pioneer and reframes the old industry reactions that criticized her film (for the wrong reasons).

If you had to name a big favorite for the 2022 Oscars, it would undoubtedly be The Power of the Dogthe latest feature film by Jane Campion. At the 94th ceremony, the film will defend its place in twelve categories, starting with the most prestigious, such as Best Film and Best Direction. Something not trivial: this year, the favorite is a production netflix. The N red platform is already rubbing its hands at the idea of ​​obtaining the much-awaited consecration. It must be said that Jane Campion ticks all the boxes: as Chloe Zhao (nomadland) Last year, it is acclaimed by the pundits of the industry and has even just won a nice trophy… Which does not please everyone.

Conquering the prize list

Saturday March 12, 2022, Jane Campion received the medal for Best Achievement, awarded by the prestigious Directors Guild (DGA), the union of Hollywood filmmakers. It is a trophy that is watched closely and for good reason: since the beginning of the 2000s, 17 of the 21 directors distinguished have then received the Oscar for Best Director. This seems to bode well for the New Zealand filmmaker.

With this victory, Campion solidifies her position as a pioneer: she was already the first woman to have won the Palme d’Or (The piano lesson in 1993) and the first female director to receive two Academy Award nominations for Best Director. She becomes the second woman to obtain the DGA medal.

The Power of the Dog: Photo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kodi Smit-McPheeTwo actors nominated for the 2022 Oscars

In her speech, the filmmaker returned to Chloé Zhao’s victory last year and delivered a very feminist speech:

“I’m so proud of this woman. She made history and made things better. That’s why I’m here too. I’m here because I care that women have a voice too. I’m very excited for the next generation of female directors.”

She also took the opportunity to greet the actress Maggie Gyllenhaalhonored with the prize for Best First Film for The Lost Daughter. After the ceremony, journalists then returned to the criticisms she suffered recently, in particular those of the western actor Sam Elliott who openly mocked his film. “It’s a shitty moviedid he declare, there are hints of homosexuality and its cowboys are like Chippendales wearing bow ties and not much else. What is this woman who comes from [Nouvelle-Zélande] knows about the American West?”

The Power of the Dog : Photo Benedict CumberbatchSoon a record for the American West: two victories in a row?

The filmmaker answered him by journalist, at the microphone of the magazine Deadline :

“I think it’s really unfortunate and sad for him. He really hit the mark, between misogyny, xenophobia and homophobia. I don’t like that. He acted like a… like an asshole. And then , he’s not a cowboy, he’s just an actor.”

Jane Campion’s detractors have been warned: if they want to criticize her latest film, they will have to be more constructive. The Power of the Dog is available on the platform at N rouge since December 2021. The Oscars ceremony will take place in a few days: March 27, 2022. Until then, we invite you to find our review of Jane Campion’s western.

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Before the Oscars 2022, Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog) pays for Hollywood reactions