Jane Campion secures second Oscar nomination for Best Director

Jane Campion makes history as first female to score two Oscar nominations for Best Director


New Zealand director Jane Campion has become the first woman to be nominated twice for Best Director at the Oscars after she secured her latest nomination for her film 2021 “The Power of the Dog.

Campion, 67, won Best Director for the film at last year’s Venice Film Festival, as well as a nomination in the same category at the Directors Guild of America Awards.

The celebrated film director scored her first Oscar nomination for Best Director in 1994 for “The Piano” which starred Sam Neill and Holly Hunter. 

Her latest film has swept up 12 nominations in total, including for Best Picture, Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch, Best Supporting Actress for Kristen Dunst, Best Supporting Actor for Kodi Smitt-McPhee and Jesse Plemons, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Original Score (Jonny Greenwood) and Best Cinematography.

The film’s director of photography, Ari Wegner, also picked up a nomination, making her only the second woman in Oscar history to be nominated in the cinematography category.

Nicole Kidman has picked up her fifth Oscar nomination, for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for her role in Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Being the Ricardos’, where the 54-year old plays Lucille Ball in the biopic. 

Other notable female nominations include Sian Heder’s nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film, ‘CODA’, Maggie Gyllenhaul for ‘The Lost Daughter’ in the same category, Billie Eilish for Best Original Song for ‘No Time To Die’ and Beyonce, for her song ‘Be Alive’ featured in the film, ‘Richard’.

This year’s Oscars will take place on March 27, 2022.

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