Kristen Stewart has received the Palm Springs International Film Awards’ Spotlight Award for her performance in Spencer. The previous recipients of the Spotlight Award include Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Helen Hunt, Allison Janney, Rooney Mara, Julia Roberts, and Yuh-Jung Youn.
The Spencer follows the marriage between Princess Diana and Prince Charles has long since grown cold. Though rumors of affairs and a divorce abound, peace is ordained for the Christmas festivities at the queen’s estate. There’s eating and drinking, shooting and hunting. Diana knows the game, but this year, things will be profoundly different.
The festival chairman Harold Matzner said,
“It is always challenging to portray a real-life figure, especially one so beloved as Princess Diana, yet Kristen Stewart does a fantastic job in ‘Spencer’. “She completely disappears into this iconic role, authentically adopting Diana’s mannerisms, accent, and demeanor with real emotional depth. For this career-best performance, it is our honor to present the Spotlight award for an actress to Kristen Stewart.”
On Jan. 6 Stewart is the first person to the honoree to be announced for the event, which is presented by American Express and sponsored by Entertainment Tonight. PSIFF runs through Jan. 17.