Sunday, April 21, 2024

Princess Diana Movie “Spencer” Vanishes and With It, Maybe, Oscar Chances for Kristen Stewart


The Princess Diana movie, “Spencer,” has vanished from regular release in theaters.

A check of Fandango shows it still playing in a few spots, but even then just one or two shows a day. Basically. it’s gone. On December 2 it was down to 346 theaters and made just $28,634. It had been up to 1,200 theaters during November.

“Spencer” stars Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana. Few movies have gotten this much press. Or ink for Stewart as an Oscar contender.

But with just $7 million in the box office, the movie is gone and so may be its chances for Oscars. Kristen Stewart was so touted for her performance. But without any commercial weight and so far no love from critics groups, the dream may be over.

Right now, the Best Actress leading contenders are Lady Gaga for “House of Gucci,” now on the fast track thanks to the New York Film Critics, “Rachel Zegler for “West Side Story,” Nicole Kidman for “Being the Ricardos.” Jessica Chastain for “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” Olivia Colman for “The Lost Daughter.” Jennifer Hudson for “Respect.” I would have included Penelope Cruz for “Parallel Mothers,” but there’s no sign of the film and I don’t know what’s happened to it.

So Kristen Stewart’s fine work may just go into the books as just that. and her Oscar— which I do think will come one day– is not for this year.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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