How Kristen Stewart’s Oscar 2022 dreams were shattered


Kristen Stewart was prepared for her royal coronation.

After the world premiere of “Spencer” — her film about Princess Diana — on the Venice Film Festival final September, Stewart, 31, was immediately heralded because the front-runner for the Best Actress Oscar.

“The Venice crowd hooted and cheered,” a promising report in Variety stated of the world premiere, “showering Stewart with a three-minute standing ovation.”

The buzz was a well-deserved achievement from an actual expertise who critics adore, however nonetheless is commonly underestimated by the trade. Finally, it appeared the solar had set on her “Twilight” years, and Stewart would sail to the stage of the Dolby Theatre on a wave of goodwill.

It hasn’t turned out that approach. In the six months since that euphoric premiere, Stewart has picked up no main awards exterior of esoteric critics teams and is now a protracted shot for Best Actress.

She lost the Golden Globe Award (positive the ceremony was tarnished, however dropping is dropping) for greatest actress in a drama to Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball in “Being the Ricardos.” Then Stewart didn’t even make it onto the rosters of the BAFTA or SAG Awards, the latter was received by present favourite Jessica Chastain because the title character in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.”

When the Oscar nominations were introduced in February, Stewart and her group in all probability heaved a sigh of aid that she had been included in any respect. She’s gone from prime canine to underdog.

In “Spencer,” Kristen Stewart portrays the late Princess of Wales throughout a three-day interval round Christmastime in 1991.
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If Stewart emerges victorious Sunday night time (8 p.m. on ABC), will probably be a miracle due to the cut up affections of voters.

How did a efficiency of a lifetime nosedive at so many award reveals? Emma Corrin lately received a Golden Globe for taking part in the identical half on “The Crown” — an internationally beloved tragic determine.

One downside is that not many individuals truly like “Spencer.” The early raves were, for some, deceptive. In-person movie festivals were smaller final year, and infrequently had extra reviewers within the viewers than producers, administrators and actors. Much of the reward was coming from pretentious, snooty critics reminiscent of myself. (I unapologetically love “Spencer.” Now excuse me whereas I thumb by means of Proust.)

The movie, directed by Pablo Larraín, is an eccentric fever dream that’s as very similar to “The Crown” as “Alice in Wonderland” is. It’s not a well-known biopic; it takes place over a single weekend, and characters don’t speak a lot — solely stare. At one level, Princess Di’s pearls fall into her soup, and he or she begins chewing on them. Many viewers discovered that shtick too bizarre. And Stewart doesn’t even get to showboat like Meryl Streep did within the dismal “Iron Lady.”

The actress additionally seems bored with enjoying the Hollywood recreation that the main contenders are outdated execs at. Chastain not solely stars in “Tammy Faye,” however produced it and has been aggressively stumping for her film for the reason that Toronto International Film Festival within the fall. In truth, she was one of many solely celebs to attend the fest in individual — posing on glamorous pink carpets whereas Toronto take-out joints were nonetheless making the remainder of us use hand sanitizer to choose up our kung pao hen.

Kristen Stewart infamously starred alongside Robert Pattinson within the “Twilight” franchise.
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In November, I watched Kidman communicate to SAG Award voters after a New York screening of “Being the Ricardos,” and her appeal dial was turned as much as “ANNIHILATE.” During the Q&A, one voter yelled out, “You did it!,” like Kidman was a 3-year-old who found out a tricycle relatively than a really rich, skilled Oscar winner.

Stewart, in the meantime, does just a few interviews — though you’ll discover her on Howard Stern generally, in contrast to most red-carpet dwellers — and doesn’t gush or go overboard with self-back-patting. This is an admirable high quality in an individual, however not a campaigner.

Kristen Stewart is unlikely to win an Oscar for taking part in Princess Diana in “Spencer.”

Then there’s her résumé. There is a quartet of actors who’re consistently working from their soap-operatic roles within the “Twilight” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” movies: Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. They’re all sensational, however the fangs, whips and chains observe them round like Lestat in New Orleans. Neither Johnson nor Dornan managed Oscar nods this year for his or her acclaimed turns in “The Lost Daughter” and “Belfast,” respectively, and Pattinson has but to obtain one. Stewart a minimum of obtained nominated, however she simply can’t shake Bella Swan.

Outside of the vampire-verse, she can be typically one of the best a part of unhealthy films, reminiscent of “Charlie’s Angels” or “Snow White and the Huntsman.” And her fabulous, boundary-pushing roles like “Clouds of Sils Maria,” a psychological drama during which she performs the assistant to Juliette Binoche, are ignored by Hollywood and overshadowed by the schlock.

You might be sure that Stewart will win an Oscar throughout what will likely be a protracted and fruitful career. But the occasions main as much as Sunday night time’s ceremony all quantity to Di-sappointment.