A few days ago, Sam Elliott grabbed the headlines following an interview in which he gave his opinion on ‘The Power of the Dog’, the film that monopolizes the most Oscar nominations this year. The actor of ‘A star is born’ even said “Where is the western in this western?”criticized the way cowboys are portrayed, made quite homophobic comments and concluded: “What the hell does this woman know about the American West? Why did she record it in New Zealand and she called it Montana?“.
That woman is none other than Jane Campion, the favorite to win the Oscar for Best Direction for ‘The Power of the Dog’ after having collected the award for Best Direction at the Writers Guild Awards last Saturday, March 12 . Moments before the show, Campion gave Variety a wonderful retort for Sam Elliott: “I’m sorry, it was a bit stupid. He is not a cowboy, he is an actor. The west is a mythical space and there is plenty of room on the ranch. I think he has been a bit sexist“to end by noting that many of the best cowboy movies in the history of cinema, such as Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns, were shot in Spain.
Jane Campion responds to Sam Elliott’s #ThePowerOfTheDog comments: “I’m sorry, he was being a little bit of a BITCH. He’s not a cowboy; he’s an actor. The West is a mythic space and there’s a lot of room on the range. I think it’s a little bit sexist .” https://t.co/I32wQ8lCiF pic.twitter.com/Tftq4AoXCy
? Variety (@Variety) March 13, 2022
As we have said, Jane Campion secures her position as favorite heading into the Oscars by taking home the award from her fellow filmmakers. Maggie Gyllenhaal makes up for her non-nomination at the Academy Awards with the statuette for Best New Director for ‘The Dark Daughter’. In her speech, she highlighted her admiration for the director of ‘The Power of the Dog’: “If I had a sports jersey, I’d probably put Jane Campion’s name on it. When I was 15 years old I went to the cinema and saw ‘El piano’, I had never seen anything like it. It changed my life“. Denis Villeneuve also wanted to show his admiration, in this case Steven Spielberg, when he collected his medal for ‘Dune’: “Mr. Spielberg, you are a giant to me. I am here tonight for you. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you have given and continue to give to cinema today. After all these years, you are still a pure source of inspiration so, sir, I salute you”. These have been the winners of the Directors Guild Awards:
Directors Guild Awards 2022 Winners
– Best direction of a film: Jane Campion for ‘The power of the dog’
– Best new direction of a film: Maggie Gyllenhaal for ‘The dark daughter’
– Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Mark Mylod for ‘Succession’
– Best direction of a comedy series: Lucia Aniello for ‘Hacks’
– Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or TV Movie: Barry Jenkins for ‘The Underground Railroad’
– Best Direction of a Variety Program: Don Roy King for ‘Saturday Night Live’
– Best directing of a special program: Paul Dagdale for ‘Adele: One Night Only’
– Outstanding Directing for a Reality TV Show: Adam Vetri for ‘Getaway Driver’
– Best Director of a Children’s Program: Smriti Mundhra for ‘Through Our Eyes’
– Best direction of an advertisement: Bradford Young for ‘Super. Human.’
– Best Direction of a Documentary: Stanley Nelson for ‘Attica’
‘The Power of the Dog’ is up for 12 Oscars, including Best Picture. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 27.
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