Kristen Stewart’s portrayal of Princess Diana in Spencer was considered as a sure-fire Oscar contender when it made its premiere last year, but despite being nominated for a Golden Globe, which she lost to Nicole Kidman for her role as Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos, the actress has already missed out on a Screen Actor’s Guild nomination and has now also been snubbed by the BAFTAs. Considering the actress received some of the best reviews of her career for taking on the role of the iconic public figure, BAFTA’s decision will come as the most significant blow for the star and the movie in general.
Stewart managed to rack up a decent number of accolades and nominations in the early parts of this year’s awards season, but that seems to have lost steam as we head towards the biggest awards, which will be sad news for the actress’ supporters. The award nominations for BAFTA were announced on Thursday morning, and the list of nominations for Best Actress was listed as Lady Gaga (House of Gucci), Alana Haim (Licorice Pizza), Emilia Jones (CODA), Renate Reinsve (The Worst Person in the World), Joanna Scanlan (After Love), and Tessa Thompson (Passing).
There were other stars notably missing from the line-up that had almost been guaranteed a nod in the weeks leading up to nominations being announced, such as Kidman and Olivia Colman, who was expected to grab a nomination for her role in The Lost Daughter. Across all the categories, though, Spencer was not given a sniff of a possible win, even in areas such as costume, which had been highly praised in most reviews, and found itself shut out entirely.
Spencer’s Chances of Oscar Glory Took a Huge Blow With BAFTA’s Snub
Although there is only one award available and many actresses deserving of it, there is little to suggest that Kristen Stewart’s performance was any better than those who have been nominated for the prize this year. It comes down to a decision made by a select number of people, and in many ways as no different to the way a critic’s review of a movie is purely driven by that person’s preferences and opinions. In short, BAFTA is not the Oscars, and there is still a chance that the Academy will have a different view on the movie and its lead actress.
With the subject of the movie being one that is directly linked to Britain, and with Princess Diana being so close to the hearts of the public there, the BAFTA snub is probably the most surprising to have come along, but when it comes to the Oscars , Stewart’s other US based nominations could be a better indicator of how Spencer will fare.
There is less than a week to go until the Oscar shortlists are revealed, and by this time next week, Stewart will know if she is in with a chance of taking home one of the movie industry’s biggest honors or not. Either way though, Stewart has previously said that she tries not to pay attention to awards buzz, so perhaps knowing that she has already been recognized by some bodies for her stunning performance as Diana will be enough for her if she does not receive a nod next week.
Kristen Stewart is Princess Diana in the new teaser trailer for Spencer, the upcoming biopic from director Pablo Larraín.
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