The 94th Academy Awards kicked off with great fanfare on Sunday, March 27 at 8 p.m. EST and saw some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry being recognized for their prodigious work. The ceremony, which this time had three guests, took place at the iconic Dolby Theater in Hollywood, where the show usually takes place.
All eyes were on the Best Director category as it included some of the finest filmmakers of this generation and it was Jane Campion who took home the accolade for her film ‘The Power of the Dog’. She is the third female filmmaker to win the Best Director trophy after Kathryn Bigelow and Chloe Zhao (“Nomadland”).
Jane Campion, who mesmerized everyone with the movie “The Power of the Dog”, faced fierce competition and faced Steven Spielberg (“West Side Story”), Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”), Paul Thomas Anderson (‘Licorice Pizza’) and Ryusuke Hagamuchi (‘Drive My Car’).
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The New Zealand filmmaker thanked everyone who supported her during the film, including stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi-Smit McPhee. During her speech, she said, “I love directing because it’s a deep dive into history, but the task of manifesting a world can be overwhelming. What’s nice is that I don’t am not alone.”
It is also the first time that the Oscar for best picture has been awarded to films directed by women two years in a row after the victory of “Nomadland” by Chloé Zhao last year.
While fans are really after the win, they also thanked God for Campion giving a “written” speech after his comments about the Williams Sisters at the Critics’ Choice Awards went viral on social media. One fan wrote, “Netflix make sure Jane Campion wrote a speech this time.” Another social media user wrote, “I see Jane Campion learned and came PREPARED with a written speech tonight. Good choice and congratulations daughter!”
Netflix Makes Sure Jane Campion Wrote a Speech This Time
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) March 28, 2022
“Glad to see Jane Campion wrote down her thoughts ahead of time this time around,” another social media user said. “Jane Campion’s PR team held their breath throughout her speech like anything she said might be controversial after all this lmao,” another said.
glad to see Jane Campion wrote down her thoughts ahead of time this time.
— Jodie (@MissJodie) March 28, 2022
Jane Campion’s PR team held their breath throughout her speech as if anything she said might be controversial after all this lmao
— Cal (@wyattyhalpert) March 28, 2022
Meanwhile, one of the fans shared, “WOMEN CAN DO ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!! Come on Jane!” Another fan wrote, “Congratulations Jane Campion! My week is done! Love to all the women in the world!” Another fan said, “Congratulations Jane, and congratulations to all of you for your wonderful work and thank you for the beautiful masterpiece you gave us.”
WOMEN CAN DO ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!! Go Jane!
— sez (@sezmclay) March 28, 2022
Congratulations to Jane and congratulations to all of you for your wonderful work and thank you for the magnificent masterpiece that you have given us
— tonia bastan (@toniapelagic) March 28, 2022
‘The Power of the Dog’ was nominated for 12 Oscars at tonight’s ceremony, but unfortunately was only able to win one trophy.