Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jane Campion, who is back in the Oscar race this year with The Power of the Dog, will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award from the Art Directors Guild (IATSE, Local 800) at the 26th Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards.
The Power of the Dog is considered a frontrunner to win Best Picture, according to some pundits, while Campion herself has won more than 30 Best Director prizes to date, and she’s an absolute lock for a nomination this year.
“We are thrilled to fete acclaimed director Jane Campion among our celebrated filmmakers this year. Long a filmmaker’s filmmaker, Campion’s exacting use of design and style to fully realize her storytelling have made a significant contribution to the visual language of film while authoring and fostering the genesis of environments that extend the audience experience far beyond the page. Her ability to tell stories and capture moments that marry the interior voice with the expansive visual voice of carefully crafted frames has led to the creation of numerous impactful images that will continue to influence narrative storytellers and touch the hearts and minds of viewers for years to come,” said ADG President Nelson Coates, who announced the honor alongside Awards Producer Michael Allen Glover, ADG.
Hailing from New Zealand, Campion is best known for her debut feature, The Piano, which made her the first female director to win the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and one of only seven women ever to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar, though she ultimately won for Best Original Screenplay.
Most recently, Campion was awarded the Silver Lion for directing at the Venice International Film Festival for The Power Of The Dog. Her other films include Sweetie, which premiered at Cannes; An Angel At My Table, which won seven prizes at Venice Film Festival, including the Silver Lion; The Portrait of a Lady, which was nominated for two Oscars; Holy Smoke, which was nominated for the Golden Lion and won the Elvira Notari Prize at Venice; In The Cut, which premiered at Toronto; and Bright Star, which was nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes.
Campion also created, co-wrote, co-directed and executive produced Top of the Lake starring Elisabeth Moss, who won a Golden Globe for her performance.
The ADG’s Cinematic Imagery Award is given to those whose body of work in the film and television industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the viewer’s experience. Previous recipients include Ryan Murphy, Chuck Lorre, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, John Lasseter, George Lucas, and Clint Eastwood.
The ADG Awards honor excellence in Production Design in theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials, music videos, and animated feature films. ADG Awards are open only to productions when made within the U.S. by producers signatory to the IATSE agreement. Foreign entries are acceptable without restrictions.
This year’s awards ceremony will once again be held live at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown on Saturday, March 5. Because of the pandemic, guests will be required to show proof of full vaccination, so please come prepared.