Those of us who choose to spend our lives loudly informing anyone who will listen that Kristen Stewart is a great actress — excuse me, have you even seen her work in Still Alice? — received some welcome news this week, when French filmmaker Olivier Assayas loudly joined our ranks, proclaiming Stewart “the best actress of her generation.” As the director accurately explained to Screen Daily, “Kristen has an infinitely larger range than many actresses of her generation. She has an inner depth coupled with a spontaneity and naturalness that sets her apart.” Stewart has appeared in two Assayas films, Clouds of Sils Maria and Personal Shopper, becoming the first American actress to ever win France’s César Award for her work in the former. Even Meryl only has an honorary César, so there.
Kristen Stewart. Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images