Jane Campion has won the best director Oscar for “The Power of the Dog.”
The 67-year-old filmmaker won the Academy Award on Sunday night for the unconventional Western starring Benedict Cumberbatch that was shot in her native New Zealand.
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“I love directing because it’s a deep dive into story, yet the task of manifesting a world can be overwhelming,” she began her speech. “The sweet thing is I’m not alone. On ‘The Power of the Dog’ I worked with actors who I move to call my friends.”
"Thank you, Academy, it's a lifetime honor."
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The actress went on to thank the stars of the movie, Netflix who produced and hosted the film, and her family.
It’s her first best director Oscar. She won a best original screenplay Oscar in 1994 for her film “The Piano,” which also earned her a directing nomination.
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Campion, the first women ever nominated twice for best director, beat out fellow nominees Paul Thomas Anderson, Kenneth Branagh, Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Steven Spielberg.