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Jane Campion wins best director Oscar

Jane Campion has received the Academy Award for best director for her gothic western The Power of the Dog, becoming just the third woman in the Oscars’ 94-year history to take home the prize.

The New Zealand native joins Kathryn Bigelow and Chloe Zhao as the only women to have received the honour for directing, a field still dominated by men in Hollywood.

Campion, 67, was nominated previously for her 1993 drama The Piano.

She lost the award that year to Steven Spielberg, who landed the trophy for Schindler’s List, but won the Oscar for best original screenplay.

Spielberg was in the mix again this year for his remake of classic musical West Side Story, as was Kenneth Branagh for his semi-autobiographical drama Belfast.

No woman besides Campion has been nominated for best director more than once.

She recently described herself as “the grandmother of the women’s movement in film”.

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