On Sunday, January 9, the 79th edition of the Golden Globes took place without a red carpet, a host, or even celebrity guests. Instead, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association listed all the winners on social media.
Excitingly, iconic New Zealand director, Dame Jane Campion, won two of the biggest awards at Hollywood’s Golden Globes. These awards were Best Drama Motion Picture and Best Director for her Netflix Western The Power of the Dog.
The Power of the Dog features a stellar cast. Such as, Kristen Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Benedict Cumberbatch, Australia’s Kodi Smit-McPhee, to name a few. Smit-McPhee was awarded Best Supporting Actor for his role in this movie. Meanwhile, Cumberbatch was nominated for Best Actor and Dunst for Best Supporting Actress.
The film based on Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel is set in Montana in 1925. Likewise, it follows two estranged rancher brothers, while focusing on the forces that construct toxic masculinity.
Interestingly, it was filmed in Otago and Dunedin in January 2020. However, filming was halted due to lockdown, but the production was given exemptions to resume filming in June 2020.
Wonderfully, Jane Campion and her film earned a total of seven nominations at the Golden Globes. Making Campion’s The Power of the Dog victorious against other epic movies like Dune, King Richard and Belfast.
Dame Jane Campion is a Kiwi director, screenwriter and producer, who was born in Wellington. Essentially, she became the second woman to ever be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for The Piano. Equally, she was the first female filmmaker to receive the Palme d’Or award in Cannes for The Piano.