With the 2022 Oscars just a few weeks away, many cinephiles are catching up on this year’s Best Picture nominees, which includes Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog. The Netflix release starring Benedict Cumberbatch led the Academy Award nominations for 2021’s finest films, with recognition in an incredible 12 categories, including Best Picture. However, Sam Elliott, who frequents the western genre, has shared why he thinks the movie is a “piece of shit.”
Sam Elliott is currently the star of Paramount+’s 1883, which takes place in the American West. When the 77-year-old actor was asked if he caught up with The Power of the Dog on WTF with Marc Maron, he had some brutal words for the film. In Elliott’s words:
While speaking to Marc Maron, Sam Elliott started by sharing that he’d seen a full page ad in the Los Angeles Times where the movie was being praised for being an “evisceration of the American myth.” As someone who has done “westerns forever” and had just been in Texas recently shooting 1883, he was not pleased with how writer/director Jane Campion depicted the genre and the west. As the Star Is Born actor continued:
Elliott also compared the characters in The Power of the Dog to Chippendales, saying that the “fucking cowboys” in the film reminded him of the male striptease troupe. The actor spoke to catching on to the “allusions of homosexuality throughout the movie” as well, to which had Maron responding, saying “I think that’s what the movie is about.”
The comments are inspiring fans to call out Sam Elliott about the history of westerns, including another queer focused film within the genre called Brokeback Mountain along with the popular “Spaghetti Westerns,” famously produced in Europe, also about the American west. As one Twitter user pointed out:
I hope no one asks Sam Elliott — a brilliant actor, by the way, I love his work — about all those Westerns the Italians madeMarch 1, 2022
You can form your own opinion on The Power of the Dog with a Netflix subscription. The movie was widely praised by critics and audiences alike. Along with the movie being up for Best Picture, Jane Campion was nominated for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Benedict Cumberbatch is in the Best Actor race for his leading role along with Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee being recognized for their performances. The Power of the Dog is also competing in the Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing , Best Score and Best Sound categories when the 2022 Oscars air later this month.
You can tune into the Oscars on March 27. We’ll keep you updated with the the Academy Awards here on CinemaBlend.
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