With “Battle of the Sexes” opening in 2017, Emma Stone is once again squarely in the Best Actress Oscar race after having won for “La La Land.” Directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton (“Little Miss Sunshine”), the film recounts the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Stone) and ex-champ Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). In honor of her new film, let’s take a look back at 10 of Stone’s greatest film performances.
Stone began acting at an early age, making television appearances as a teenager in such shows as “Medium,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” and “Lucky Louie.” She was first seen on the big screen in the 2007 high school comedy “Superbad,” which also starred Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, and Christopher Mitz-Plasse.
Her leading performance in “Easy A” brought her a Golden Globe nomination (Best Comedy/Musical Actress in 2010), making her a hot commodity. She made the transition into prestigious awards fare with “The Help” (2011), which received a Best Picture Oscar nomination and won Octavia Spencer an award as Best Supporting Actress.
Stone reaped her first bid in that category for her performance in “Birdman” (2014) as Michael Keaton’s drug-addicted daughter. She may have lost to Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood,” but the groundwork had been set for her eventual victory in Best Actress for “La La Land” (2016). Should she win again for “Battle of the Sexes,” she’d become the first performer since Tom Hanks to win back-to-back lead acting Oscars (Hanks won Best Actor for “Philadelphia” in 1993 and “Forrest Gump” in 1994).
Tour through our photo gallery above of Stone’s 10 best films, and see if your favorite made the cut.
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