The Palm Springs International Film Awards have announced that Kristen Stewart will receive the Spotlight Award for her performance in Spencer as Princess Diana.
Directed by Pablo Larraín, Spencer follows the life of Princess Diana and Prince Charles as their marriage grows cold. The movie is a reimagining of the days that transpired over the family’s Christmas festivities at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate throughout the family’s drama. Joey’s rave review of the film can be found here.
Speaking about the selection, festival chairman Harold Matzner highlights the great work that Stewart does in the film: “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 actress to Kristen Stewart.”
Previous recipients of the Spotlight Award for best actress include Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, and Allison Janney, with Yuh-Jung Youn winning last year for Minari.
Kristen Stewart will receive her honor at the festival’s in-person event on January 6th at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Palm Springs Film Festival runs from January 6th-17th.