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By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 23, 2009

The film also has prompted Oscar talk. Campion already is one of only three women to have been nominated for Best Director, receiving the nod for The Piano. None has won. This year she joins several other female directors -- Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker, Mira Nair for Amelia, Nora Ephron for Julie & Julia -- with a good chance of being nominated. Does she think this might be the year a woman actually wins?

"It would be about time. In your country, especially, the industry is dominated by men, with 85 percent of film critics and 95 percent of filmmakers all male. And it's not because women don't want to do it. In film school, you start out in a class with 50 percent of the students women. But when they graduate, they're told, 'Sorry, but there's no Father Christmas.' I won't be satisfied until the percentage of women filmmakers is 50 percent. All we want is equality."

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