The nominations for the 94th Academy Awards were recently announced and Kristen Stewart has officially made it to the nominee list after her exceptionally brilliant work in Pablo Larrain’s ‘Spencer’ as Princess Diana. The ceremony for the Academy Awards will take place on 27th March at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre.
In an interview with E! News Daily Pop, the actress shared her process of transforming into Princess Diana for ‘Spencer’ and said, "She's somebody that reached out behind many layers of oppression and could not be invisible in the way that they wanted her to be. When I say 'they,' I mean the royal family. She was a larger presence than anyone ever needed her to be, in order to uphold this ideal of what the monarchy represents."
When the first pictures of Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana were out on the Internet, the audience and critics could see the uncanny resemblance between the two. The actress who rose to fame by starring in the Twilight series has seen similar kind of popularity like Princess Diana and is aware of it. In one of her interviews, she was asked how she felt about the movie when she saw it for the first time to which she replied, "I think it's Diana; it's probably not, it's our view of her. It's our love for her. And when I watched the movie I couldn't stop crying. I just couldn't, like, 'cause at the end it kind of, it has this sort of lighter note, but I feel the loss of her so intensely, so often."
To portray Princess Diana authentically on-screen Kristen Stewart spent months perfecting her speech and movement like the late princess. She mentioned that she was nervous when she was offered the role of Princess Diana and initially it would give her body a lot of anxiety that her mind sort of didn’t really know about. The actress explained, "It's a big deal, you know? I really didn't want to mess this one up. And sometimes your body knows more than you do about your stress levels, you know? Stress can manifest so physically. It was like, everyone had done such an incredible job putting together the world. I was like, 'All right, bro, now it's on you.' And then, I couldn't open my mouth! I think also, everyone wanted to know if I was nervous so much. It was like, 'You must be freaking out playing Princess Diana. You must be just, like, straight trippin'.' I was like [through clenched teeth], 'I'm completely fine. I have no idea what you're talking about. I don't care. I got it. I got it. I love her.”
On receiving an Oscar nomination, the actress said in a statement to ET, "WOW I wish Pablo and I were in the same country today. I wish I could see his face. I am speechless and humbled this morning. I am bowled over by this. I never thought in a thousand years I’d be in the company of these four incredible women. I would pay to make movies. I would make them if it was illegal. This is dream state, to share on this level. I am so touched and I am so grateful for the work that was generated on this film. I'm so proud to be a part of our film community. I am SO happy. It is a good day."
Kristen Stewart shared last month with ET about why the portrayal of Princess Diana was such a trip for her, "I've never done anything like it. I love work. I think of her as a sort of artist. She was so good at touching those outside of herself. That is a certain talent and connection and that's what we're doing and I think all of that was just the coolest thing."
With her Academy nomination, Kristen Stewart who identifies as bisexual also joins the list of actors who identify themselves proudly as a part of the LGBTQ community who have received recognition for their work. Ian McKellan was nominated for his roles in Lord of the Rings and Gods and Monsters, Jaye Davidson was nominated for The Crying Game in 1992 and Ariana DeBose also joins the list for her work in West Side Story.
GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said, “This year’s Oscar nominations for performances from queer actors including Ariana DeBose and Kristen Stewart, as well for powerful LGBTQ stories in films like West Side Story, Flee and The Mitchells vs. The Machines, are clear reminders of the opportunities that exist with audiences and critics when Hollywood invests in queer talent and tells diverse stories in bold and original ways.”