Kristen Stewart has her relationship back with Robert Pattinson. Now her career could use some of the same love from Oscar. Will she’ll get it for “On the Road?”
Although she built a huge fan base through five “Twilight” films, she never caught a break from critics, who generally panned her performance in every movie.
In fact, none of the “Twilight” movies received critical acclaim or major award nominations. The best that “Breaking Dawn, Part 2” could muster was a 47 percent rating on rottentomatoes, which tracks reviews. That was second highest of all the “Twilight” movies.
New York Times critic Manohla Dargis, who gave the film a positive review and was upbeat about Pattinson’s performance, still couldn’t find it in herself to praise Stewart, saying she hadn’t graduated beyond “stiff.”
Chicago Tribune critic Michael Phillips blasted Pattinson, Stewart and Taylor Lautner. He likened their dialogue to passing a “kidney stone.” Ouch.
Michael O’Sullivan of The Washington Post also chimed in: “Neither one has much range, or makes much of an impression, other than vague malaise.”
Stewart also got little love from critics for her role in “Snow White and the Huntsman,” which also fell short as a film. “Stewart, with her contemporary edge, seems to be acting in the wrong era,” wrote Peter Rainer of the Christian Science Monitor.
USA Today’s Scott Bowles, who gave the film a positive review, still took a swipe at Stewart. “Snow White has enough visual fireworks to keep the film afloat, even if star Kristen Stewart can’t get out of Twilight mode,” he wrote.
“Stewart remains the glummest, grubbiest star out there, always looking like she needs two aspirin and a good shampoo in whatever film she makes,” echoed Stephen Whitty of the Newark Star-Ledger.
It’s fair to say Stewart was shackled by the script through four of the “Twilight” films, and the fifth wasn’t enough to redeem her. It’s hard to know what to say about her acting in “Snow White.”
But “On the Road” is different. Stewart is finally allowed to cut loose in a role that really gave her the chance to act. An Oscar or even Golden Globe really isn’t out of the question. One thing is certain; a nod would go a long way to solidifying her career.
Yet it was surprising to see Stewart tell The Huffington Post: “I would do anything to get the word out. The fact that it has something to do with the Academy, I simply personally can’t acknowledge it in any way because it’s a ridiculous notion to suddenly go, like, ‘Yep, I’m really gunning. I’m really gunning for it.’”
Nontheless, Stewart was spotted out at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 4th Annual Governors Awards, rubbing elbows with Hollywood’s stodgy establishment, who, incidentally, will vote on Oscars.
The event drew Hollywood heavyweights like Amy Adams, Helen Hunt, Will Smith, Tom Hanks, Virgina Madsen, George Lucas and Quentin Tarantino. Not the crowd Kristen usually runs with. So is she gunning for it? Hell yes she is.
Her best bet, a Golden Globe nomination They’ll be announced by the foreign press Thursday. Oscar nominations will be released in January.