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Jane Campion Will Win Oscar Despite Williams Sisters Joke: Insider

Might of the Dog director Jane Campion put her foot in her mouth with their comments on tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams at the Critics’ Choice Awards on March 13 – but insiders told the Post she will still win an Oscar on Sunday because the Academy of Motion Pictures Art and Sciences is determined to give the award to a woman.

“If the director of ‘CODA’ had been nominated, Jane could be in trouble,” an Oscar voter told director Sian Heder. “But Sian wasn’t, so Campion is fine.”

Echoing a second voter: “Not giving it to the only woman out of five directors would be a much bigger non-PC statement.”

During her acceptance speech for Best Director at Critics’ Choice, Campion expressed her admiration for the William’s sisters — Who are the subjects and producers of the much nominated “King Richard” – but said that unlike her tennis career, she had to compete against men.

What some saw as minor - or worse - Campion told the Williams sisters: "You are such wonders. However, you don't play against the boys like I have to."
In what some saw as minor – or worse – Campion told the Williams sisters, “You guys are such wonders. However, you don’t play against the boys like I have to.”
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“You are such miracles,” she addressed the siblings. “However, you don’t play against the boys like I have to.”

Variety immediately reported that “Jane Campion faces backlash.”

“Jane taking the time in her best director speech to tell two black women that she’s more oppressed than them is PEAK white feminism.” tweeted Queen & Slim actress Jodie Turner-Smith.

Venus (left) and Serena are producers of the multi-nominated film "king richard," about growing up with her father.
Venus (left) and Serena are producers of the multi-nominated film King Richard, about growing up with their father.
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Comedian Ryan Ken tweeted: “It’s so insightful when you’re trying to make a point about sexism and your first thought goes to minimizing black women. Into a microphone. When accepting an award. look you in the face and smile. That’s exactly why you have to wait a few fiscal years to gossip for white women.”

“Black women won’t forget it anytime soon. It was just another cruel reminder that the world will always punish us for merely existing,” said culture critic Candace McDuffie wrote on TheRoot.com.

There was so much resistance that Campion seemed forced to do so to apologize The next day, via The Hollywood Reporter: “I made a thoughtless comment equating what I do in the film world with everything that Serena Williams and Venus Williams have achieved. I had no intention of belittling these two legendary black women and world-class athletes.”

Insiders say Campion will win an Oscar on Sunday because the Academy of Motion Pictures Art and Sciences is determined to give the award to a woman.
Insiders say Campion will win an Oscar on Sunday because the Academy of Motion Pictures Art and Sciences is determined to give the award to a woman.
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The 67-year-old Campion has been the front-runner all season and has already received the BAFTA, the Critics’ Choice Award and the coveted DGA Award for “Power of the Dog”. Set in 1925, the western drama about power and revenge is the most nominated film (12 categories) at the Oscars this year and one of the most nominated films of all time. (“All About Eve”, “Titanic” and “La La Land” share the record at 14 each.)

All four main actors were nominated.

“You have to take that into account,” said one director. “Actors don’t direct. Jane Campion has a long history of giving actors great performances: Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin both won [Campion’s 1993 movie] ‘The piano.’ She insists on extensive rehearsal times. Actors love them.”

Campion was called out for her comments and apologized to the Williams sisters via social media the next day.
Campion was called out for her comments and apologized to the Williams sisters via social media the next day.
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If Campion crosses the finish line on Sunday night, she will be only the third woman to win: Kathryn Bigelow was the first to win in 2008 for The Hurt
Locker.” Last year, Chloé Zhao was the runner-up for “Nomadland”.

Voting for this year’s awards ended on March 22nd.

“If you ask people in The Academy they will tell you Campion will win – nothing will change
that. She’s made many outstanding and unique films, and she’s the only woman on the ballot,” an insider said.

"power of the dog" is nominated for 12 Academy Awards.
“Power of the Dog” is nominated for 12 Academy Awards.
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“Campion was politically incorrect for two minutes,” said one academician. “Look, who really cares? Perhaps the young awakened audience does. Most of them are not directors.”

And that, said the second voter, is where they might punish some in Hollywood.

“The general consensus is that she gets best director, but ‘CODA’ gets best film. Maybe that’s Jane’s compensation. Because all Academy members vote for it – about 9,000 people. Surely there must be some of the easily offended guards [set] among them.”

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