Oscars 2022: Jane Campion wins Best Director, fans relieved she had a 'written speech'
The 94th Academy Awards kicked off with much fanfare on Sunday, March 27, at 8 pm EST, and saw some of the biggest names of the entertainment industry getting recognized for their stupendous work. The ceremony, which had three hosts this time around, took place at the iconic Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, where the show is usually held.
All eyes were set on the Best Director category as it included some of the finest filmmakers of this generation and it was Jane Campion who won the accolade for her movie 'The Power of the Dog'. She is the third female filmmaker to win the Best Director trophy after Kathryn Bigelow and Chloe Zhao ('Nomadland'). Jane Campion, who mesmerized everyone with the movie ‘The Power of the Dog’ faced stiff competition and went up against the likes of Steven Spielberg (‘West Side Story’), Kenneth Branagh (‘Belfast’), Paul Thomas Anderson (‘Licorice Pizza’), and Ryusuke Hagamuchi (‘Drive My Car’).
'Arrogance and ignorance' of Jane Campion: Director slammed for flippant remark on Williams' sisters
Golden Globes 2022 Winners List: 'The Power of the Dog' wins Best Picture; Jane Campion is Best Director
The filmmaker from New Zealand thanked everyone who supported her during the movie, including the stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, and Kodi-Smit McPhee. During her speech, she said, "I love directing because it's a deep dive into story, yet the task of manifesting a world can be overwhelming. The sweet thing is I'm not alone."
This is also the first time that the best director Oscar has gone to women in back-to-back years after Chloé Zhao won for 'Nomadland' last year.
Although fans were really thrilled after the win, they also thanked god for Campion bringing a "written" speech after her comments on the Williams Sisters at the Critics' Choice Awards went viral on social media. One of the fans wrote, "Netflix making absolutely sure Jane Campion wrote a speech this time." Another social media user wrote, "I see Jane Campion learned and came PREPARED with a written speech tonight. Good choice and congrats girl!"
Netflix making absolutely sure Jane Campion wrote a speech this time— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) March 28, 2022
I see Jane Campion learned and came PREPARED with a written speech tonight.— Chillyboy Productions (@ChillyBoyYT) March 28, 2022
Good choice and congrats girl! #Oscars #Oscars2022 #AcademyAwards
"Happy to see that jane campion wrote down her thoughts in advance this time," another social media user said. "Jane Campion's PR team holding their breath throughout her entire speech as if anything she said could possibly register as controversial after all of this lmao," said another one.
happy to see that jane campion wrote down her thoughts in advance this time.— Jodie (@MissJodie) March 28, 2022
Jane Campion's PR team holding their breath throughout her entire speech as if anything she said could possibly register as controversial after all of this lmao— Cal (@wyattyhalpert) March 28, 2022
Meanwhile, one of the fans shared, "WOMEN CAN DO IT ALL!!!!!!!!!! Go Jane!" Another fan wrote, "Congratulations Jane Campion! My week is made! Love from all the women of the world!" Another fan said, "Congrats to Jane, and Congrats to all of you for your wonderful work and thanks for the beautiful masterpiece that you have given to us."
WOMEN CAN DO IT ALL!!!!!!!!!! Go Jane!— sez (@sezmclay) March 28, 2022
Congrats to Jane and Congrats to all of you for your wonderful work and thanks for the beautiful masterpiece that you have given to us— tonia bastán (@toniapelagica) March 28, 2022
Congratulations Jane!— bia is proud of Benedict Cumberbatch (@mcubatch) March 28, 2022
You all deserve more recognition! Know that you are the best in our hearts pic.twitter.com/s9AyWIBwrl
Congratulations Jane Campion! My week is made! Love from all the women of the world! 😘😘😘 https://t.co/JnHQetkf64— CUMBERPORN🎀 (@cumberporn) March 28, 2022
'The Power of the Dog' was nominated for 12 Oscars at tonight's ceremony, but sadly could only win a single trophy.