Jane Campion apologizes for a controversial comment she made about Serena and Venus Williams as she accepted the award for Best Director at the 2022 Critics Choice Awards. The director said in a statement, “I made a reckless comment comparing what I do in the movie world to all that Serena Williams and Venus Williams have achieved.I had no intention of devaluing these two legendary black women and world-class athletes.
Campion continued: “The fact is that the Williams sisters have actually lined up against men on the pitch (and off), and they have both raised the bar and opened the door to what is possible for women in this world. The last thing I would like to do is minimize extraordinary women. I love Serena and Venus. Their successes are titanic and inspiring. Serena and Venus, I apologize and celebrate you completely.
While accepting the Critics Choice Award for Best Director, Campion said she was honored to be in the room with so many great women and singled out tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams. The sisters were present at the ceremony in support of the film “King Richard,” which won Will Smith the best actor award for portraying his father, Richard Williams.
Campion took a moment during his speech to greet his “comrades, comrades, fellow candidates” or “the boys” as he called them. Campion was the only woman nominated in the Best Director category, which also included Paul Thomas Anderson (“Licorice Pizza”), Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”), Guillermo del Toro (“Nightmare Alley”), Steven Spielberg (“West Side Story “). “) And Denis Villeneuve (” Dune “).
“Venus and Serena, you are marvels,” Campion added. “However, you don’t play against the boys, like I have to”.
Campion has generated outrage on social media. ace of variety Angelique Jackson reported: “It wasn’t so much Campion’s tone, which was light and playful like the rest of his speech, but the content of his words that seemed disrespectful. Some noted that Venus and Serena Williams could not only play against, but most likely beat, men in their sport, as Campion had just done. But most commentators simply questioned her decision to involve the Williams sisters and their tennis advances in that conversation.
After winning directorial awards at the Critics Choice Awards, the Golden Globes, the Directors Guild of America Awards and the BAFTA Film Awards, Campion is considered the favorite for the Oscar. The Oscars will be announced on Sunday 27 March.