'Spencer' star Kristen Stewart to be honored with Spotlight Award at Palm Springs International Film Awards
Actress Kristen Stewart, who has received critical acclaim for her role as Princess Diana in "Spencer," will be the recipient of the Spotlight Award, Actress at the 2022 Palm Springs International Film Awards.
The Film Awards will take place in person on Jan. 6, 2022, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with the film festival running through Jan. 17. The 2021 festival and film awards were canceled last November due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Princess Diana's marriage to Prince Charles, and her relationships with other members of the royal family, have long been scrutinized in media, and have most recently been portrayed in Netflix's "The Crown." Pablo Larraín's "Spencer," which takes place over the Christmas holiday at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate, tells Diana's inner story and what might have happened if things had gone differently during a three-day period. The film also stars Sally Hawkins, Timothy Spall, Sean Harris and Jack Farthing.
"Spencer" had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in September. It opens in theaters Friday.
In a press release, Festival Chairman Harold Matzner called Stewart's performance a "career-best," adding she "completely disappears into this iconic role, authentically adopting Diana's mannerisms, accent and demeanor with real emotional depth."
Stewart was introduced to worldwide audiences in 2002 with her gripping performance in "Panic Room," starring Jodie Foster. Her popularity rose when she was cast as Bella Swan in the hit five-film "Twilight" franchise, which has grossed more than $3.3 billion. Stewart has also starred in "Snow White and The Huntsman" in 2012, "Still Alice" in 2014 and Hulu’s romantic comedy "Happiest Season" in 2020, and recently wrapped production on David Cronenberg’s "Crimes of the Future" opposite Viggo Mortensen and Léa Seydoux.
In 2015, Stewart became the first American actress to be awarded a Cesar Award — the national film award of France — for best supporting actress in Olivier Assayas’ "Clouds of Sils Maria." She also made her directorial debut with "Come Swim," which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Past recipients of the Spotlight Award, Actress include Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Helen Hunt, Allison Janney, Rooney Mara, Julia Roberts and Yuh-Jung Youn, all seven receiving Academy Award nominations in the year they were honored. Youn won the Oscar for best supporting actress in April.
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