Kristen Stewart has become the first US actress to win a Cesar award, the French equivalent of the Oscars. She got a best supporting actress gong for her role in film drama “Clouds of Sils Maria.”
Accepting the prize, Stewart shouted “I love you Juliette” in French to her co-star Juliette Binoche. She later paid tribute to French filmmakers. “The reasons why people make films here in France are very different from the reasons why people make movies in Hollywood and I prefer it here a little bit,” she told Variety. According to the outlet, “she also revealed she will star in another French film but declined to reveal any further details.”
In the drama from writer-director Olivier Assayas, Stewart plays a personal assistant to an aging film actress who is looking to make a career comeback, played by Juliette Binoche. At the Cannes Film Festival, film critic Jordan Hoffman wrote in his review that Stewart “flips a middle finger at the critics” in “the best role of her life.” He also wrote that the performance “will fundamentally change your perception of this oft-mocked individual.” César voters apparently agreed.
The big winner of the night was “Timbuktu,” which won seven awards including best film and director. It depicts life in northern Mali under the control of Islamist militants, and is competing for best foreign film at Sunday’s Oscars.
The last American actor to win a César was Adrien Brody for 2002’s “The Pianist.”