Kristen Stewart Makes History as First American Actress to Win a César, the French Equivalent of an Oscar
Make way for Kristen Stewart because she made history in Paris yesterday (Feb. 20, 2015).
The 24-year-old babe won the award for Best Supporting Actress at the César Awards, which is the French equivalent of the Oscars and their most prominent film awards. She is the first American actress to ever win a César.
Stewart won for her supporting role in Clouds of Sils Maria, starring alongside Juliette Binoche and Chloë Grace Moretz. Binoche was nominated for Best Actress, but lost out to Les Combattants’ Adèle Haenel.
Stewart was visibly shocked and nervous as she stepped up on stage to accept her award. She exclaimed “I love you Juliette” in French to her co-star, and also said some thank you’s in French before proceeding in English.
Clouds of Sils Maria was nominated for 6 awards in total, including Best Director and Film.
Directed by Olivier Assayas, Clouds of Sils Maria debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Binoche plays an aging actress who, making a career comeback, appears in a revival of the play that launched her career 20 years before, and Stewart plays her personal assistant.
Variety reported that Stewart expressed her affection for making French films to journalists backstage, saying “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.” Additionally, “she also revealed she will star in another French film but declined to reveal any further details.”
The big winner of the night was Timbuktu, bringing home 7 awards last night including Best Director and Film. It’s also nominated for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar.
Adrien Brody was the last American actor to win one of France’s most coveted César awards, in 2002 for The Pianist. An American actress has not been nominated for a César in 30 years, the last being Opera singer Julia Migenes 1984’s Carmen.