Kristen Stewart may still be trying to find her place in Hollywood, but in France her film work is loved and now honored. She won a prestigious Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress tonight (Feb. 20) for her role in the picture “Sils Maria.”
Sony Pictures Classics honcho Michael Barker, pushed the 24-year-old actress for a supporting actress award this year for her work in “Still Alice.”
But she was bypassed by the Screen Actors Guild, the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, although “Still Alice” star Julianne Moore was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. She also won a Golden Globe for the role. She played a college professor with early onset Alzheimer’s.
“Sils Maria,” also known as “Clouds of Sils Maria” is a German-French-Swiss collaboration, starring Stewart, Juliette Binoche and Chloë Grace Moretz.
It was released in France last August and also screened at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme d’Or. It scored an impressive 91 percent rating on rottentomatoes, which tracks reviews, but has yet to be released in the United States.
Stewart plays Valentine, an assistant to an successful actress, Maria Enders, played by Binoche. Enders scored a breakout role playing a young girl involved in a relationship with an older woman, who is eventually driven to suicide.
While in the resort town of Sils Maria, she’s offered the role of the older woman in a stage remake. The younger woman’s part goes to an American, Jo-Ann Ellis, played by Chloë Grace Moretz.
The relationship between Valentine, Maria and Jo-Ann create the dramatic tension in the movie. It was nominated for six Cesar Awards.
Stewart was the first American in 30 years to receive a nomination and the first in her category. Adrien Brody was the last American man to win. He snared Best Actor for 2003’s “The Pianist.”
Stewart is the first American to win in the history of the award, according to Variety.
Given the prestige of the award, it raises a question whether Hollywood snubbed the actress this year for per performance in “Still Alice.” She plays the daughter of Moore’s character and turned in a strong performance.
While there is no evidence she was purposely snubbed, those who believe she was attribute it to her affair with “Snow White and the Huntsman” Director Rupert Sanders.
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