Jane Campion. That’s it. That’s the article. She is the heavy favorite to win Best Director at the 2022 Oscars for her masterful work, The Power of the Dog. DraftKings Sportsbook currently has her listed with -600 odds, far ahead of Steven Spielberg and Kenneth Branagh.
If you’re looking for a value bet, pick a different category. Campion, previously nominated in this category in 1994 for The Piano, she has turned this into a one-horse race for her searing slow burn about addiction, sexuality and vulnerability in the Old West.
2022 Oscar odds: Best Director
Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog -750
Steven Spielberg, West Side Story +800
Kenneth Branagh, Belfast +900
Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Drive My Car +1200
Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza +1600
Campion is the heavy favorite, even moreso than before the announcement of the nominees. So it appears we’ll have back-to-back years with a woman winning Best Director. Last year, Chloe Zhao won for Nomadland and became the second woman to win Best Director, joining the great Kathryn Bigelow for Hurt Locker in 2009.
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