Oscar Nominations 2022: Academy nod for Kristen Stewart in 'Spencer' blasted by critics

Stewart was nominated in the 'Best Actress' category for her portrayal of the late Princess Diana in director Pablo Larraín's biopic


                            Oscar Nominations 2022: Academy nod for Kristen Stewart in 'Spencer' blasted by critics
Kristen Stewart played Princess Diana in 'Spencer' (IMDb)
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Kristen Stewart has bagged her first-ever Oscar nomination for her performance in 'Spencer' at the 94th annual Academy Awards nominations on Tuesday, February 8. However, critics weren't having it and denounced the nomination in the prestigious category.

The 31-year-old star was nominated in the best actress category for her portrayal of the late Princess Diana in director Pablo Larraín's biopic. Stewart also made history by becoming one of the few actors in the LGBTQ community (she identifies as bisexual) to receive a nomination in an acting category. The first was Ian McKellan who identifies as a gay man. He was nominated about two decades ago for his role in 'The Lord of the Rings.' Meanwhile, another queer actor featured in the 2022 Oscar nominees list was West Side Story‘s Ariana DeBose.

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While Stewart's fans couldn't be happier with her first Oscar nomination, her critics did not take it so well. "So, I started watching Spencer, and within 20 seconds of Kristen Stewart doing her Diana impersonation, I just had to switch it off... I thought it was cringey as heck..." voice actor Chris Seavor tweeted. "Kristen Stewart as Diana in Spencer was one of the worst displays of acting I've ever seen in film. I was cringing like crazy. Good for her though. But I truly hope she doesn't win," another Twitter user wrote.

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Kristen Stewart attends the Los Angeles premiere of Neon's "Spencer" at DGA Theater Complex on October 26, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

"Feels so weird to see actors like Kristen Stewart and Andrew Garfield being the big actors of our generation, indicated to Oscars and sh** dont get me wrong they are talented and deserve all recognition but that's still Bella Swan and Eduardo Saverin in my mind," another offered. "Now that the nominations are out I feel like I can finally speak my truth. I hated spencer and I hated Kristen Stewart in it. But that’s just me. I’m happy for everyone who was rooting for her, I just think there were far better performances ignored for her," a comment read.

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"That mediocre I played my usual pouty self Kristen Stewart is on this list over Jennifer Hudson, Tessa Thompson, and Lady Gaga is why the Oscars continue to lose ppl’s interest. So bored," someone else added.

"So now the big question of the day: is Nicole Kidman definitely winning OR is Kristen Stewart making history by pulling a Regina King as in goes all the way without SAG/Bafta nods? She would be the first Lead Actress winner to go all the way without a SAG nomination," a user chimed in. "Oh shit. They set Kristen Stewart up for the win," another alleged.

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