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Could “On The Road” be Kristen Stewart’s ticket to high critical acclaim?

By Kim Palacios

hollywoodnews.com: Though Kristen Stewart’s career outside of “Twilight” has focused on independent films, her most recent projects have yet to win critical acclaim. With the exception of “Welcome to the Rileys” (which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance), neither “The Yellow Handkerchief” nor “The Runaways” has been up for critical awards. Yet, last week, ION Cinema named “On The Road” as one of 20 films predicted for screening at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. Given Brazilian director Walter Salles’ track record at Cannes, the prediction might just be right.

Salles’ “Linha de Passe” and “The Motorcycle Diaries” were each nominated for the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or, the highest prize awarded to competing films. At the 2004 festival, “The Motorcycle Diaries” won the François Chalais Award (which rewards the film most dedicated to the values of life affirmation and of journalism) and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (which rewards the film most dedicated to exposing the depths of human beings). Could “On the Road” be next?

Given the combined critical cred of the players—Francis Ford Coppola, Gus Van Sant, Kirsten Dunst, and Jose Rivera—such a fate could be likely. Writer Jose Rivera won accolades for “The Motorcycle Diaries”; Kirsten Dunst for “Interview with the Vampire”; Francis Ford Coppola and Gus Van Sant for “Apocalypse Now” and “Milk”, respectively.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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  • May 31, 2010 | Permalink |

    I don’t know what your talking about but kstew have been a critcs darling for the most part of her young career. From “Speak,” “Cake Eaters,” “Adventureland,” and yes even “The Runaways,” she won the critics with her performances. If you don’t believe me just take a gander at the reviews of her films at “At the movies” archives. I think you should really do some research before making a fool of yourself.

  • May 31, 2010 | Permalink |


    Thanks for your note. I researched this article using IMDB Pro. I took a look at awards that Kristen and her films have won to date, and I used “critical acclaim” to mean those of her films and individual performances recognized at high-profile festivals. Certainly, Kristen has been recognized for the films you mention. However, I do draw a distinction between popular awards and those given by film societies. Call me a film snob, but I think there is a difference between winning something like an MTV Movie Award or a Teen Choice Award and being nominated for an Oscar or for a prize at Sundance or Cannes. Sorry if this nuance didn’t come through in my article–it was meant to.


    Kim Palacios
    Twilight Blogger – Hollywood News

  • June 1, 2010 | Permalink |

    Well, hers will be a supporting role. I don’t think she’s going to end up stealing the show.
    I honestly don’t think she’s an actress with a lot of range, which is not always bad, but, you know..

  • June 1, 2010 | Permalink |

    I know shw will have excellent performance.

    Kristen is talneted and smart girl.

  • June 3, 2010 | Permalink |

    Kristen is a fine actress… But I don’t think she should be a part of this. This book is a major classic. It’s fantastic! The actors who have said that they’ve been dying to make it into a movie, they should be a part of this film. Like Johnny Depp. Said for years that he loves the book and that it basically changed a part of his life. As it did to many people..! I don’t want her to be a part of this. Poeple will probably go and see this film, mostly because of her. Related to the Twilight shit… Not fair. Not fair…..

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