Kiwi filmmaker Jane Campion's 'The Power of the Dog' receives 12 Oscar nominations

NZ 09/02/2022

It's a proud moment for NZ as Kiwi filmmaker Jane Campion's 'The Power of the Dog' leads the Oscars with 12 nominations. And on top of that, Jane Campion makes Oscars history by becoming the first female filmmaker with two career nominations in the Best Director Category. 

The film has been nominated for                                                                       

  • Best Picture
  • Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) - Jane Campion
  • Best Director - Jane Campion
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role - Benedict Cumberbatch 
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jesse Plemons 
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Kirsten Dunst
  • Best Cinematography - Ari Wegner
  • Best Film Editing - Peter Sciberras
  • Best Music (Original Score) - Jonny Greenwood
  • Best Production Design - Grant Major and Amber Richards
  • Best Sound - Richard Flynn, Robert Mackenzie and Tara Webb

The New Zealand Film Commission says New Zealanders can be proud of this remarkable achievement. 

NZFC Ceo David Strong said, “These nominations, alongside two Golden Globes, eight BAFTA nominations, the Silver Lion for Best Director at Venice and the dozens of other awards and nominations, recognize Dame Jane as one of the very best film directors in the world today.”

“The Oscars represent the pinnacle of art and culture in filmmaking globally, and through Dame Jane’s vision she has already achieved the gold medal of excellence in film.”

The film was entirely shot in New  Zealand with hundreds of kiwis including the country’s top film creatives were employed. The film was shot in different locations across New Zealand - including the city of Dunedin, Maniototo, Oamaru, and Queenstown - as well as in studios in Auckland.  

The CEO said this movie is showcasing New Zealand and our filmmaking capabilities on  the international stage. “ The fact Dame Jane chose to come home and make this film here, emphasises her absolute confidence in New Zealand and our people”.

This film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Kodi Smit-McPhee and rising New Zealand star Thomasin McKenzie.

The Power of the Dog is available to watch on Netflix.

The 94th Academy Awards are being held in Los Angeles on Sunday March 27th.