The Power of the Dog, Jane Campion’s Western, won the DGA Award for Best Theatrical Feature Film on Saturday night.
Since this honor is historically the best predictor for the Best Director award at Oscar, Jane Campion should brace himself for additional directorial gold in two weeks after winning this DGA accolade.
This is to note that since 1948, the winners of the DGA award have won the Best Director at Oscar every year, with just 8 exceptions.
“I’m so really moved and honored by this voting for me,” Campion said in the acceptance speech, before she thanked her teacher, Paul Thomas Anderson who also got nominated at DGA for Licorice Pizza.
Chloé Zhao, who received the same award the previous year for Nomadland, presented it to her. Nomadland went on to win the Academy Award for Best Director as well as the Best Picture.
‘I’m so proud of you,’ Jane Campion said to Zhao, the first black director to grab the Best Director Oscar. “I’m so proud of this woman. She’s made history, and she’s made everything better. I was so proud of her last year, and it’s just making such a difference. That’s why I’m here too. I’m here because I care about women having voices as well. I’m so excited about the next generation of filmmakers. Maggie Gyllenhaal made such a gorgeous film. Cutting edge, I love it.”
After becoming the first female director ever to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes for The Piano, she was nominated for an Oscar for her work. Campion becomes the first woman to be nominated for Best Director at the Oscars twice, after this year’s nomination. The Piano was her Oscar-winning adapted screenplay.