"The Power Of The Dog" Director Jane Campion Apologized For Her "Thoughtless" Remarks About Venus And Serena Williams

    "The last thing I would ever want to do is minimize remarkable women."

    The Power of the Dog has been cleaning up during awards season — and it looks like it could win a ton of Oscars, too.

    Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst hold cups of tea together in a scene from the film

    At last night's Critics Choice Awards, Campion won Best Director, and the award was presented by Venus and Serena Williams — who Campion addressed, rather inappropriately, in her acceptance speech.

    Campion holds her Critics Choice award

    Many people rightly took issue with Campion's comments — and now she's apologizing.

    Campion gives her acceptance speech at the Critics Choice Awards

    In a statement provided to press, Campion backtracked on what she called "a thoughtless comment equating what I do in the film world with all that Serena Williams and Venus Williams have achieved."

    Campion smiles while holding her award

    “I did not intend to devalue these two legendary Black women and world-class athletes," she said.

    Venus and Serena Williams pose for a picture with Jane Campion

    “The fact is the Williams sisters have, actually, squared off against men on the court (and off), and they have both raised the bar and opened doors for what is possible for women in this world."

    Venus and Serena Williams on the red carpet

    "The last thing I would ever want to do is minimize remarkable women. I love Serena and Venus. Their accomplishments are titanic and inspiring."

    Venus and Serena Williams pose for a photo in front of roses

    "Serena and Venus, I apologize and completely celebrate you.”

    Serena and Venus stand in front of a microphone

    We'll see if Serena and Venus have anything to say in response.

    Serena and Venus smile while speaking onstage