Palm Springs, CA (November 5, 2021) – The Palm Springs International Film Awards announced that Kristen Stewart is the recipient of the Spotlight Award, Actress for her performance in Spencer. The Film Awards will be held in person on January 6, 2022 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, and the festival will run until January 17, 2022. The event will be presented by American Express and sponsored by Entertainment Tonight.
“It’s always a challenge to portray a real character, especially a character as beloved as Princess Diana, but Kristen Stewart does a fantastic job in SpencerSaid Harold Matzner, festival president. “She disappears completely in this iconic role, authentically adopting Diana’s manner, accent and demeanor with real emotional depth. For this best career performance, we have the honor to present the Spotlight Award, Actress to Kristen Stewart. “
Former Spotlight Award winners, Actress include Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Helen Hunt, Allison Janney, Rooney Mara, Julia Roberts and Yuh-Jung Youn, all seven of whom received Academy Awards® nominations in the year they were honored, with Janney and Youn winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
The marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long cooled off. Although rumors of business and divorce abound, peace is ordered for the Christmas festivities at Queen’s Sandringham Estate. There is eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game. But this year things will be very different. Spencer is an imagination of what may have happened during those fateful few days. Neon / Topic Studios is directed by Pablo Larraín and stars Kristen Stewart, Sally Hawkins, Timothy Spall, Sean Harris and Jack Farthing.
In 2015, Stewart became the first American actress to receive a César in the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in Olivier Assayas. Clouds of Sils Maria, in which she starred alongside Juliette Binoche. She received several other accolades for Clouds of Sils Maria including the Best Supporting Actress Award from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics, among others. In January 2017, Kristen made her directorial debut with Come swim which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Stewart was introduced to global audiences in 2002 with her captivating performance alongside Jodie Foster in Panic room and notable roles in films like Sean Penn’s In nature. Her star took a huge rise when she played the role of Bella Swan in the hit franchise The Twilight Saga, a five-film series that grossed more than $ 3.3 billion. Stewart also starred in the box office winner of Universal. Snow White and the Hunter and in Walter Salles’ film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s film On the road. Stewart recently completed production on David Cronenberg’s film Crimes of the future facing Viggo Mortensen and Léa Seydoux. Stewart can be seen as the main character, Jean Seberg, in Amazon Studios Seberg and starred in Hulu’s romantic comedy The happiest season.
About the Palm Springs International Film Society
The Palm Springs International Film Society is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to cultivate and promote the art and science of filmmaking through education and cross-cultural awareness. The Film Society produces the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) and Film Awards each January and the Palm Springs ShortFest in June. In addition to hosting the best in international cinema, the PSIFF Film Awards are known as the first stop in the Oscars® campaign and our Oscar-eligible ShortFest is North America’s largest short film festival and market. Our festivals, member screenings throughout the year and educational programs manifest our organization’s mission by nurturing and nurturing new film talent, honoring the great masters of world cinema, and broadening audiences’ horizons.
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