After winning Best Director at the Baftas on Sunday night, Jane is currently in the running to land her first Oscar, with the Netflix Western racking up a hefty 12 nominations at the upcoming Academy Awards.
But while the film largely gone down a storm with critics, one viewer who was decidedly less impressed was actor Sam Elliott, who has racked up a number of appearances in Westerns over the course of his career.
During an interview on the podcast WTF last month, host Marc Maron asked whether Sam had watched The Power Of The Dog, with the A Star Is Born actor questioning: â€œYou want to talk about that piece of shit?â€
â€œAll these fucking cowboys in that movie look like [Chippendales],â€ he claimed during the tirade. â€œTheyâ€™re all running around in chaps and no shirts. Thereâ€™s all these allusions to homosexuality throughout the fucking movie.â€
The presenter then pointed out that part of the filmâ€™s plot is that Benedictâ€™s character is closeted and struggling with his sexuality.
Turning his attention to the filmâ€™s director, Sam added: â€œWhat the fuck does this woman â€” sheâ€™s a brilliant director by the way, I love her work, previous work â€” but what the fuck does this woman from down there, New Zealand, know about the American West?
â€œAnd why in the fuck does she shoot this movie in New Zealand and call it Montana and say, â€˜This is the way it wasâ€™?â€
Over the weekend, Jane walked the red carpet at the Directors Guild Awards, where she picked up the top prize of the night, and was asked by Variety what she thought of Samâ€™s comments.
â€œWhat can I say? Iâ€™m sorry, he was being a little bit of a B-I-T-C-H,â€ she said. â€œIâ€™m sorry to say it, but heâ€™s not a cowboy, heâ€™s an actor. And the West is a mythic space and thereâ€™s a lot of room on the range.â€
â€œI think it is a little bit sexist,â€ she added. â€œYou think about the number of amazing Westerns that were made in Spain by Sergio Leone…
â€œI consider myself a creator, and I think he sees me as a woman, or something lesser, first. And I donâ€™t appreciate that.â€
The Power Of The Dogâ€™s leading actor Benedict Cumberbatch previously said heâ€™d found the comments â€œvery oddâ€.
â€œWithout meaning to stir over the ashes of that […] someone really took offence to â€“ I havenâ€™t heard it so itâ€™s unfair for me to comment in detail on it â€“ to the West being portrayed in [a certain] way.â€
â€œThese people still exist in our world,â€ he said of his character in The Power Of The Dog, while defending the film.
â€œWhether itâ€™s on our doorstep or whether itâ€™s down the road or whether itâ€™s someone we meet in a bar or pub or on the sports field.
â€œThere is aggression and anger and frustration and an inability to control or know who you are in that moment that causes damage to that person and, as we know, damage to those around them.â€