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 usually underestimated by the business. 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 manner. 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 misplaced 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 had been introduced in February, Stewart and her workforce most likely heaved a sigh of aid that she had been included in any respect. She’s gone from prime canine to underdog.
If Stewart emerges victorious Sunday night time (8 p.m. on ABC), it is going to be a miracle because of the cut up affections of voters.
How did a efficiency of a lifetime nosedive at so many award exhibits? Emma Corrin lately received a Golden Globefor taking part in the identical half on “The Crown” — an internationally beloved tragic determine.
One downside is that not many individuals really like “Spencer.” The early raves had been, for some, deceptive. In-person movie festivals had been smaller final 12 months, and sometimes had extra reviewers within the viewers than producers, administrators and actors. Much of the reward was coming from pretentious, snooty critics resembling myself. (I unapologetically love “Spencer.” Now excuse me whereas I thumb via Proust.)
The movie, directed by Pablo Larraín, is an eccentric fever dream that’s as very like “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 discuss a lot — solely stare. At one level, Princess Di’s pearls fall into her soup, and she or he 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 tired of taking part in the Hollywood sport that the main contenders are previous professionals at. Chastain not solely stars in “Tammy Faye,” however produced it and has been aggressively stumping for her film because the Toronto International Film Festival within the fall. In reality, she was one of many solely celebs to attend the fest in particular person — posing on glamorous purple carpets whereas Toronto take-out joints had been nonetheless making the remainder of us use hand sanitizer to choose up our kung pao hen.
In November, I watched Kidman communicate to SAG Award voters after a New York screening of “Being the Ricardos,” and her allure 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 slightly than a really rich, skilled Oscar winner.
Stewart, in the meantime, does a number of 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.
Then there’s her résumé. There is a quartet of actors who’re continually 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 12 months for his or her acclaimed turns in “The Lost Daughter” and “Belfast,” respectively, and Pattinson has but to obtain one. Stewart at the least 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 dangerous motion pictures, resembling “Charlie’s Angels” or “Snow White and the Huntsman.” And her fabulous, boundary-pushing roles like “Clouds of Sils Maria,” a psychological drama through which she performs the assistant to Juliette Binoche, are ignored by Hollywood and overshadowed by the schlock.
You will be sure that Stewart will win an Oscar throughout what can be a protracted and fruitful profession. But the occasions main as much as Sunday night time’s ceremony all quantity to Di-sappointment.