Kristen Stewart’s Princess Diana biopic, “Spencer,” was completely shut out of the 2022 BAFTA nominations.
Stewart earned praise from critics and generated Oscar buzz for her portrayal of the late Princess of Wales in the film. However, Pablo Larraín’s “Spencer” received zero nods when the British Academy of Film and Television Arts unveiled the nominations for the 2022 awards show Thursday, People reported.
Princess Diana’s eldest son Prince William has headed the organization as president since 2010 and is a regular at the awards ceremony. The first president was the Duke of Cambridge’s late grandfather, Prince Philip.
Unlike movie critics, some royal experts were not impressed with “Spencer,” which is set over the course of a weekend in December 1991 when Princess Diana joined the royal family for Christmas and decided to leave her fractured marriage to Prince Charles.
Richard Kay, a longtime royal reporter and friend of Princess Diana, suggested that Prince William and Prince Harry would find the film “uncomfortable and difficult” to watch.
“They’ll obviously spot huge gaps where the director has played fast and loose with what actually happened,” Kay said on the MailPlus podcast “Palace Confidential.” “I think one thing we’ve learnt over the years about the princess’ children is that they take a rather firm view and a rather disappointing view I guess on all the fictionalized accounts of their mother, which there have been numerous examples over the years, as well as all the actual factual stories about the tragedy of Diana and Charles’ marriage.”
Princess Diana’s former voice coach Stewart Pearce, meanwhile, took issue with Stewart’s portrayal of the late royal, telling Us Weekly that the “characterization, the storyline, the nature of the way that the screenplay worked” and the actress’ performance had “nothing to do” with the princess.
The “Voice of Change” author described Stewart as a “really interesting” actress but thought she was “contorted into a mannered performance” in the film that came off as “unreal” to him.
However, Stewart herself is not too concerned about awards and nominations. During an interview on Variety’s “Award Circuit” podcast, the actress jokingly said she doesn’t “give a s—” when asked if the likelihood of getting an Oscar nod was meaningful to her.
“The Oscars are such a funny thing. There are so many incredible movies and performances that barely get seen,” she explained. “And it definitely says something about where we’re at as a cumulative presence, like what we’re looking at, what we care about.”
“I really appreciate that something that I was involved in has ignited such a large conversation,” she added. “We don’t make movies to not connect with each other.”
“Spencer” was released on Nov. 5, 2021. It received an 83% rating from professional critics and a 52% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
While the film was snubbed at the BAFTAs, Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi blockbuster “Dune” picked up 11 nominations — including one for best film alongside “Belfast,” “Don’t Look Up,” “Licorice Pizza” and “The Power of the Dog.”
Check out the full list of 2022 BAFTA nominations here.
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