Netflix's The Power of the Dog Could Easily Win Best Picture

With the highest number of nominations going into this year's Academy Awards, this re-imagined Western just jumped to the top of your stream list.
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Maybe that Western-leaning film starring Dr. Strange, Torrance Shipman, and Landry from Friday Night Lights didn't initially seem like something you'd be interested in, but friends—I think that officially just changed. Logging an impressive 12 Academy Award nods on Tuesday morning, the film from director Jane Campion and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons (aka the names behind the alter egos listed above), plus Kodi Smitt-McPhee has become the most nominated film of the year.

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The film follows the sleepy life of a bachelor cowboy (Cumberbatch) who disapproves of his brother's (Plemons) new wife and son (Dunst, Smit-McPhee). But what begins as a Western turns into a full on drama and, at times, even a psychological thriller. That sounds dizzying—and it is—but the film itself remains grounded in good performances and damn fine directing. All four of its main stars were nominated, and Campion returns to the Best Director conversation 28 years after her last nomination for The Piano.

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If you happen to be a reader, yes, the film is based on a Thomas Savage novel of the same name, which you can find here. But as for the film, that's a one-stop-shop deal. Because the work was released by Netflix, that is the only place you're going to be able to watch it for the time being. The good news to that is that a one-month Netflix subscription is actually a lot cheaper than renting most films at home on demand. Silver linings!

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Justin Kirkland
Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment, television, and pop culture. Prior to Esquire, his work appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Hollywood Reporter, and USA Today. He is from East Tennessee and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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