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‘Power of the Dog’ director Jane Campion on losing her son before winning an Oscar

Power of the Dog director Jane Campion suffered an immeasurable loss just months before winning an Oscar in 1994.

The 67-year-old received the Best Original Screenplay award for her work on the Holly Hunter drama The Piano.

But just 10 months before the Oscars, Campion lost her son Jasper when he was just 2 weeks old.

Campion was open in a vanity fair Profile posted on Monday in which she spoke about her past trauma.

She revealed that when she won her coveted gold trophy, she was pregnant again with her daughter Alice, now 27.

“I just couldn’t do anything; I was stunned by the grieving experience and just couldn’t work,” she said of the loss of her little boy.

“It’s the most humanizing experience I’ve ever had,” added Campion. “You feel solidarity with everyone else expressing grief. You can never take your head off someone who is suffering because you really know it’s a club.”

She added, “I think most of my work comes from that part of me, which is like I don’t really have control over emotions or anything else. It’s a kind of psychic truth.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 1: Director/writer Jane Campion attends the screening and talk for Netflix's 'The Power of the Dog' at BFI Southbank on March 1, 2022 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Campion won the 1994 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for The Piano.
Stuart C Wilson

The New York Times reported in 1993 that Campion welcomed Jasper via emergency c-section. After the birth, she was told that he could not live without an incubator. He died almost two weeks later.

After his death, she took a break from work and returned in 1996 to direct Portrait of a Lady and wrote the screenplay for Holy Smoke in 1999.

The New Zealand-born filmmaker is nominated this year for “Dog Power” in the categories Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film. The drama, directed by Benedict Cumberbatch, follows the Brit as a mysterious gay rancher in 1925 Montana who abuses his brother’s family.

Sam Elliot recently trashed the strip and ripped the gay issues in the story lines. “Want to talk about that piece of s-t?” said the 77-year-old on Marc Maron’s “WTF Podcast.” He then compared Cumberbatch’s costume to Chippendales dancers “who wear bow ties and not much else.”

“That’s what all those friggin’ cowboys looked like in that movie,” the ‘A Star is Born’ actor continued. “They’re all walking around in chaps and shirtless. There are all these references to homosexuality throughout the F-King movie.”

THE POWER OF THE DOG, from left: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Benedict Cumberbatch, 2021. Photo Credit: Kirsty Griffin /© Netflix /courtesy Everett Collection
Kodi Smit-McPhee and Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog.
©Netflix/courtesy Everett Collection

“Where’s the western in this western?” Elliot asked. “I mean, Cumberbatch never got out of his damn guys.

The “Imitation Game” star answered to Elliot’s criticism on March 7, saying: “Someone really resented the way the West was portrayed. I’m trying very hard not to say anything about a very strange reaction that happened on a radio podcast over here the other day.”

“If we want to understand what poisons men’s health, what creates toxic masculinity, we have to look [under] the hood of characters like Phil Burbank to see what their fight is and why it’s there in the first place,” he explained. “Otherwise it keeps repeating itself.”

https://nypost.com/2022/03/08/power-of-the-dog-director-jane-campion-on-losing-son-before-oscar-win/ ‘Power of the Dog’ director Jane Campion on losing her son before winning an Oscar

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