Kristen Stewart 'Should've Won' Oscar for Princess Diana Role, Fans Insist

Kristen Stewart missed out on the best actress Oscar for her role as Princess Diana in Spencer triggering a backlash from fans.

The star secured her first Academy Awards nomination for the cult movie but was beaten by Jessica Chastain for her performance in The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

It means Spencer has been left with no Oscars just a month after it failed to secure a single nomination at Britain's equivalent, the BAFTAs.

Stewart also missed out at the Golden Globes in January when Nicole Kidman won Best Actress for Being the Ricardos.

Fans and critics impressed with her star turn as the enigmatic princess were quick to express their disappointment on Twitter after Stewart's Oscars disappointment.

Alex Billington, of movie blog First Showing, wrote: "Best Actress goes to Jessica Chastain for The Eyes of Tammy Faye. Which is... not my choice.

"I think it's the epitome of a great performance in a mostly forgettable film. Kristen Stewart should've won."

Film critic Zach Pope agreed, writing: "Kristen Stewart should've won."

Rohit Khilnani, an entertainment editor at NDTV in India, wrote: "#KristenStewart was terrific in #Spencer. Her nomination came when the competition was very tough.

"#JessicaChastain & #OliviaColman were as good so were #PenelopeCruz & #NicoleKidman. Tough year for the jury with all these leading ladies in top form! Wish #KristenStewart had won."

Chris Castellani, who works on the Lights Camera Barstool podcast, wrote: "Really happy for Jessica Chastain, who probably should've won for 'Zero Dark Thirty' a decade ago, but Kristen Stewart was otherworldly in 'Spencer' and only didn't win because she said she didn't care about awards."

Stewart portrayed Diana deciding she no longer wanted to be a royal during a long weekend at Sandringham for Christmas in 1991.

The film stunned royal fans with some eye catching details, including a convention that sees royals getting weighed before and after Christmas.

Diana was also depicted taking Prince William and Prince Harry to KFC in an act of freedom at the end of a movie that tackled the difficult question of the princess' mental health using the conventions of the horror genre.

Spencer's slim pickings at both the Oscars and the BAFTAs follow comments she made to Variety's Awards Circuit Podcast in November 2021 when she said: "I don't give a s***."

The actress added: "The Oscars are such a funny thing. There are so many incredible movies and performances that barely get seen.

"It definitely says something about where we're at as a cumulative presence—what we're looking at, what we care about. I really appreciate that something that I was involved in has ignited such a large conversation. We don't make movies to not connect with each other."

After she missed out on the Oscar, one fan wrote: "Woke up to Kristen Stewart not having won the Oscar devastated."

Another wrote: "How is that possible Kristen Stewart haven't won Best Actress at #AcademyAwards ????? SHE DID AN AMAZING JOB IN HER ACTING! Gosh I am mad as hell."

A third wrote: "I'm absolutely convinced that Kristen Stewart deserved the Oscar for best actress, her performance in Spencer was really sublime, but anyway Jessica Chastain won it."

Kristen Stewart at Oscars and as Diana
Kristen Stewart, left, at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, where she missed out on the Best Actress award on March 27, 2022. She played Princess Diana, right, in 'Spencer.' VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images and Pablo Larraín