Jane Campion scooped the top prize of the night at the DGA awards on Saturday—the Theatrical Feature Film award—for her Western The Power of the Dog.
This honor at DGA is historically the biggest predictor of who will win Best Director at Oscar, so Campion should possibly get ready for more directing gold in two weeks’ time.
In fact, since 1948, the winner of this award has won the Best Director Oscar every year, with only eight exceptions.
“I’m so really moved and honored by this voting for me,” Campion said in her acceptance speech, before thanking “my teacher, the master, Paul Thomas Anderson.”
Presenting her with the award was Chloe Zhao who took home this same award last year for Nomadland, which predictably won her Best Director at Oscar and Best Picture too.
“I’m so proud of you,” Campion told Zhao, who was the first woman of color to win 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.”
Campion led the way for female directors when she became the first woman ever to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes for The Piano, for which she was also Oscar-nominated. This year, her Best Director Academy nomination puts Campion in the history books once again: she’s now the first woman ever to be Oscar-nominated twice in that category.