Best Actress 2016: Kristen Stewart for Café Society

kristenstewart_cafesocietyA photo of Kristen Stewart as she appears in Woody Allen’s Café Society (via The Atlantic)

The Facts

This Year
Stewart has
Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A

About the Film

Role: Theresa, who falls in love with a young man (Jesse Eisenberg) in 1930s Hollywood

Festivals:

  • Cannes Film Festival – World Premiere; Opening Film; Out of Competition (May 11, 2016)

U.S. Distributor: Amazon Studios
U.S. Release Date: TBD
U.S. Box Office: TBD

Why? A critical darling for last year’s Clouds of Sils Maria, Stewart co-leads this Woody Allen pic set to open Cannes. With two huge misses in Magic in the Moonlight (2014) and last year’s Irrational Man, Allen’s due for a hit. Between this, Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper, and Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, expect Stewart to have a hell of a year on the awards trail.

Why not? Maybe this is a charming hit – if even that – that’s all about the writing and fails to produce an acting bid, à la Midnight in Paris (2011). The plot synopsis and trailer, which is itself a cause for worry, suggest Stewart’s role is more Marion Cotillard in Paris than Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine (2013). (Is she even a lead here?) With Personal Shopper hitting the Cannes competition, maybe that one will be her ticket to a leading nod at the Oscars.

Notes

Ranking: No. 10 as of Apr. 22, 2016

More on the competition

See also:

  • Best Actress 2016: Kristen Stewart for Personal Shopper
  • Best Supporting Actress 2016: Kristen Stewart for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
  • Best Picture 2016: Café Society
  • Best Director 2016: Woody Allen for Café Society
  • Best Actor 2016: Jesse Eisenberg for Café Society
  • Best Supporting Actress 2016: Blake Lively for Café Society
  • Best Supporting Actress 2016: Parker Posey for Café Society
  • Best Supporting Actor 2016: Steve Carell for Café Society
  • Best Original Screenplay 2016: Woody Allen for Café Society