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    I have a question for us to discuss now that the 2014 Oscar season is over, and we can move onto the next race (its never too early – this is GoldDerby after all)

    Kristen Stewart may not have the best reputation, from her perceived bland personality to her mediocre performance in the Twilight franchise. Yet there is no denying that she is turning her career around with some incredibly interesting projects.

    She just made history by becoming the first American actress to win a Cesar Award for what I have heard is an amazing breakthrough performance in The Clouds of Sils Maria. Now it is technically a 2014 release, but the official US release is this year. Now precursor or not, we can’t deny that Stewart won a major award with the Cesar, and this could help her if she picks up steam for some serious Oscar discussion. 

    So my question is this – is Kristen Stewart are first official contender? Her film has been seen, her performance praised and she has won a major award, breaking a record. Can she perhaps enter into the Oscar conversation with this film, or with any of her upcoming films?  

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    Eddy Q
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    I’ve been wondering about this. The US distributer for Clouds of Sils Maria is IFC films which got nominations for indies such as Y Tu Mama Tambien, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Transamerica, as well as this year’s Boyhood, Two Days One Night and Finding Vivian Maier. There’s a nine-year hiatus from 2005-2014 in that bunch, and Clouds’s US release is in April way ahead of the start of awards season, but there’s promise. It’ll depend on how well the film/Stewart’s performance does critically and commercially in the US, and a career-turnaround narrative for Stewart will probably need to be established, intentionally or not.

    Can you add a maybe to that poll? 

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    I really hope so. Her only bad choice in her career were the Twilight films.

    “Welcome to the Rileys” “The Panic Room” “Still Alice” “Clouds of Sils Maria” “Into the Wild” “Camp X-Ray” “On the Road” “Adventureland” – all good films and performances by Stewart. People love to hate her for some reason, but I think considering her age, she has a pretty impressive career.

    Go Kristen! Take that Oscar!

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    AMG
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    Dependent on how good she is, then yes I’d say she is.

    Obviously, there’s the other factors of release dates, campaign strategies, and all the other factors that sometimes seem to matter more than the performance itself.  

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    Tye-Grr
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    She had rave reviews out of Cannes with real talk of her taking actress there in a surprise, then she goes on and wins the Cesar becoming the first American actress to do so in the process; by all accounts, yes, she’s the first major contender. Now, if this all actually pans out is another question entirely. 

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    Logan
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    It’s getting released in early April. Screeners probably won’t go out either. Not likely.

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    Just finished watching. The film as a whole is beautiful and would make an excellent Oscar contender, though I doubt it will get much attention beyond Stewart (who gives her best performance to date in my opinion). Juliette Binoche is outstanding as well and this would be awesome for her to get in for. Unfortunately, I don’t think either will contend at the Oscars or any other major U.S. awards for it due to the release date 🙁 Such a shame. I definitely think Kristen Stewart will be getting a baity role that lands her a nomination very soon and I think she’ll be a winner before we know it. Her performance in Still Alice was very impressive, as well.

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    It’s a great film. And Binoche is phenomenal.
    Stewart is as good as she was is Still Alice. Good. But not really a contender.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    I saw the trailer before Still Alice, and she definitely seemed to stand out for me. It seems like a different enough role to get her some attention. The release date is a killer though, so it might be like The Rover was for Robert Pattinson. Another step in gaining legitimacy after Twilight. If she doesn’t get attention for this, she will at least continue with the good projects, which eventually will lead her towards an award.

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    I wish there was a way to push back that release date because Clouds of Sils Maria is truly a remarkable film and deserves Oscar recognition. So so beautiful, and not only does Kristen Stewart give a tremendous supporting performance, but Juliette Binoche is breathtaking in it. One of my fav films I’ve seen in a long time.

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    So if you really want to know my thinking about is Kristen Stewart our First Major Contender this Year, then i will tell you that yes of course why not. Kristen Jaymes Stewart is an American Actress. She is best known for Playing the Protagonist Bella Swan in the Popular The Twilight Saga Romance Fantasy Film Series, which has Grossed over $33. Billion. She was Born on Arilp 9, 1990 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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    I knew her Cesar win would have everyone jumping to conclusions to justify her for the next award season. Stewart’s US award season vehicle will not be this movie.

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    Eddy Q
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    ^ Aren’t you jumping to conclusions yourself insisting that it won’t happen? No one on this thread has actually said she definitely will gain Oscar traction.

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    ^ Aren’t you jumping to conclusions yourself insisting that it won’t happen? No one on this thread has actually said she definitely will gain Oscar traction.

    Her Cesar win is all the leverage anyone here needs to make an argument for her.

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    She’s not getting nominated for Sils Maria.

    However, her new career transformation (Independent Cinema Muse) is quite interesting and it will bring nice nominations one day, not too far (Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone have already been nominated, it’s now the turn for Kristen Stewart and Shailene Woodley). Hollywood will find them the right roles to get them nominated. 

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