The last century has been quite the transitionary period for women. From suffrage to equal representation- women are catching up to men in all fields. While we, as a race, are not quite there yet, there are many steps that we can recount that mark our progress. In the field of filmography, director Jane Campion makes history the first woman to receive two Oscar nominations in the Best Director category.
Jane Campion has been an acclaimed director for quite a while now. This Kiwi is the first woman filmmaker to have received two Academy Award nominations for her work.
Campion’s career began with painting and then progressed to filmmaking when she found the former art style limiting. With the likes of Frida Kahlo as her inspiration, she began her career with Tissues. Jane Campion earned an award for the Best Short Film at the Cannes film festival for her very first short film, Peel. Ever since then, her career has only earned her more and more critical acclaim.
Which two films did Jane Campion get Oscar nominations for?
The first time the Oscars recognized Campion was for her film The Piano in 1993. This was during the 66th Academy Awards. She took home the Oscar in the category of screenplay that year.
As of the 2022 Oscars, Campion has made quite the mark with The Power of the Dog. The film is leading the pack with a total of 12 Oscar nominations. Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Kodi Smit McPhee and Jesse Plemons have all received nominations for their acting. Campion has also received the nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for the same film. Despite being put up against the likes of Steven Spielberg (West Side Story), Kenneth Braugh (Belfast), Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza) and Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car), there is a high chance that Jane Campion might take home the award for Best Director.
Throughout the 94 year history of the Academy Awards, only seven women have been nominated for Best Director. These include Lina Wertmüller (Seven Beauties), Sofia Coppola ( Lost in Translation), Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) Chloe Zhao (Nomadland), Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) and Campion twice for The Piano and The Power of the Dog.
Considering how well the film is faring at the Academy Awards, here is your cue to stream it now on Netflix and witness the brilliance of Jane Campion, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Kodi Smit McPhee, Jesse Plemons and the rest of the brilliant crew brought together!