More like The Power of Jane Campion.

The New Zealand filmmaker, 67, made history during Tuesday morning's nominations for the 94th Oscars, when she was nominated for Best Director for helming Netflix's The Power of the Dog. Campion, having been nominated for directing the 1993 romantic drama The Piano, became the first woman ever to earn two nominations for Directing.

At the 66th Oscars in 1994, she won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for The Piano, while Steven Spielberg won Best Director for Schindler's List.

As the fate would have it, Campion and Spielberg are once again nominated opposite one other 28 years later, with the latter a Best Director nominee this year for West Side Story. Their fellow directing contenders are Kenneth Branagh (Belfast), Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car), and Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza).

Campion's sophomore directing nomination comes after Nomadland's Chloé Zhao took home the award last year, making her the second female filmmaker to do so. (Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director when she won for The Hurt Locker in 2010). In 2021, Zhao and Emerald Fennel (Promising Young Woman) also made history as the first women nominated opposite each other for Best Director.

The Power of the Dog was this year's most-nominated film, with 12 total Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (also for Campion), and acting nominations for stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee.


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