Home Production team ‘The Power of the Dog’ production team lead Oscar nominations with 12 nominations, including 1st female nomination for cinematography

‘The Power of the Dog’ production team lead Oscar nominations with 12 nominations, including 1st female nomination for cinematography

HOLLYWOOD — ‘The Power of the Dog’ is heading to the Oscars with more nominations than any other film – it has a dozen. So many members of the production team may well be front and center on Oscar Sunday.

And if Ari Wegner wins, she will become the first woman to win the Best Cinematography Oscar.

“I’m surprised this is the last kind of gender-neutral category never to be won by a woman. It seems like it’s way too late. But I’m glad we’re making slow progress,” Wegner said.

This is director Jane Campion’s first film in 12 years. His team of filmmakers are quick to give him credit for not only directing “The Power of the Dog,” but also for adapting the script of a 1967 novel into an intense film.

“I think I had the same experience. It was very tense. And the way Jane maintained that tension throughout the film? Just amazing!” said producer Amber Richards.

“Jane got to work with the script and we were all absolutely blown away by it,” producer Tanya Seghatchian said.

“She made a great adaptation of the book. She kept the essence of the book and she put her own vision in it,” said producer Roger Frappier.

“The first time I read the script, I knew it was going to be a fantastic movie. It was simply the most perfectly read script I’ve ever read,” said producer Grant Major.

“She’s just the most amazing leader, friend and creative force and she doesn’t often make movies, but when she does they really pack a punch,” producer Iain Canning said.

We’ll find out soon enough how Campion and his team fare at the Oscars. But if Wegner wins and makes history, she promises her speech won’t be boring!

“Say something that does justice to the milestone that will be for filmmaking in general for women and for, you know, filmmaking history to get over this little bump. And then we can all move on,” Wegner said.

Campion also made history with her latest directing nomination, becoming the only woman to be nominated more than once in this category. Her last time was for “The Piano” in 1993. She didn’t win for directing but she won for her original screenplay.

FULL LIST: 2022 Oscar Nominations

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