Twenty-eight years after receiving her first Oscar nomination for “The Piano,” New Zealand’s Jane Campion has made Oscars history by becoming the first female filmmaker to boast two career nominations in the Best Director category, Variety reports. ‘.
Campion has been nominated for her Netflix-backed gritty film, “The Power of the Dog,” which also earned her the directorial award at last year’s Venice Film Festival and earned her a nomination at the Directors Guild of America Awards.
The New Zealander’s first Oscar nomination for directing came in 1994 when she was nominated for the historical drama ‘The Piano’ at the 66th Academy Awards. She won the Oscar that year for the original screenplay. The starring cast of the film included Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill and Anna Paquin.
This year, Campion will take on formidable competitors: Steven Spielberg (“West Side Story”), Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”), Paul Thomas Anderson (“Licorice Pizza”) and current awards season favorite, Ryusuke Hamaguchi (“Drive my car”).
According to ‘Variety’, only seven women have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director: Lina Wertmuller for ‘Seven Beauties’, Campion for ‘The Piano’ and ‘The Power of the Dog’, Sofia Coppola for ‘Lost in Translation’, Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker”, Greta Gerwig for “Lady Bird”, Chloe Zhao for “Nomadland” and Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman”.
Bigelow and Zhao are the only two winners. Last year, both Zhao and Fennell earned nominations, marking the first time in Oscar history that two female filmmakers will compete for the best director.
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