Jane Campion makes history with Best Director nomination at Oscars 2022
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Jane Campion makes history with Best Director nomination at Oscars 2022

The Power of the Dog was a big story at this year’s Oscars nominations. As well as seeing a huge array of different nods, including nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture, the film’s director, Jane Campion also made history.

Campion was nominated for the coveted gong of Best Director and made history in the process, becoming the first woman to be nominated for the prestigious twice, having previously been nominated for 1994’s The Piano.

The Power of the Dog is one of the big success stories of Netflix’s foray into original feature films. Having previously received big nominations for original productions such as The Irishman, this year looks like it could be the first time the streaming platform lands some of the biggest awards of the night.

Receiving widespread critical acclaim, The Power of the Dog stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons as a pair of ranch-owning brothers who have considerable influence due to their capital. However, things become strained when Plemons’ character brings home a wife (Kirsten Dunst) who is severely ill-treated by his problematic brother.

All three of the production’s lead actors also got their own nominations. Cumberbatch was given the nod for Best Actor, Plemons for Best Supporting Actor, which he will fight with co-star Kodi Smit McPhee for, and Dunst for Best Supporting Actress.

It takes the film’s total to 12 nominations.