South Australian actor Kodi Smit-McPhee, who made his feature film debut alongside Eric Bana in Romulus, my father, was nominated Best Supporting Actor for his role as the enigmatic and underrated stepson of a Montana rancher. He joins Australian film royalty Nicole Kidman and power of the dog cinematographer Ari Wegner to represent Australia at the 94th Academy Awards, which will take place in March.
Born in Adelaide in 1996, Smit-McPhee started acting at the age of nine before dropping out of high school the first year to pursue a career in acting. Known for his roles in The road, Let me enter, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and X-Men: ApocalypseSmit-McPhee received the news of his first Oscar nomination while on location in the Gold Coast, where he is busy filming the long-delayed Baz Luhrmann biopic Elvis.
In power of the dogSmit-McPhee plays Peter, a svelte, creative teenager chronically tormented by his new uncle Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch), a cruel and repressed cowboy who unexpectedly meets his match in the unassuming teenager.
“Peter is a very atypical character. He is a teenager who is not what he seems to be at the start, “explains the film’s producer, Tanya Seghatchian. Hiding an inner strength “much greater than anyone else. had imagined, [Peter] has a hidden ability within him that will turn the whole film upside down”.
Filmed in New Zealand, with Campion’s home ground replacing the sprawling Montana ranch on which the film is set, power of the dog won numerous Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director (Jane Campion). It also has contenders in the categories of Best Actor in a Leading Role (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Smit-McPhee and Jesse Plemons), and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Kirsten Dunst). Not to mention nominations for photography, production design, sound, writing (in an adapted screenplay), editing and best original music.
power of the dog is now in cinemas, as well as on Netflix. You can tune in live to the 2022 Academy Awards on March 27 from 10 a.m. AEST on Channel Nine.