Kristen Stewart's trajectory to Oscar hopeful

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Illustration for Envelope for "Who's Counting" feature of Kristen Stewart/. CREDIT: Sarah Tanat-Jones / For The Times.
Kristen Stewart is an early Oscar frontrunner for her work in "Spencer." (Sarah Tanat-Jones/For The Times)

Kristen Stewart’s early Oscar frontrunner status for her performance as Princess Diana in “Spencer” represents a remarkable journey from her breakthrough in the popular but critically derided “Twilight” franchise.

2008: The first of five “Twilight” movies is released, with Stewart starring as Bella, a quiet teen enamored with a sparkly vampire. Critics are kinder to Stewart than to the films, but these movies are not awards material.

2009: Stewart wins praise for the nostalgic comedy “Adventureland.” “Here is an actress ready to do important things,” Roger Ebert wrote — offsetting the dismal reviews for the second “Twilight” film.

2010: Her performance as real-life rocker Joan Jett in “The Runaways” is lauded for its un-Bella-like oomph.

2: Stewart draws acclaim for two outings for French director Olivier Assayas, the 2014 character study “Clouds of Sils Maria” and the 2016 supernatural thriller “Personal Shopper.”

1: Stewart’s 2015 César Award for her supporting performance in “Sils Maria” was the first won by an American actress. It’s her biggest honor to date.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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