No wonder Emma Stone has a spring in her step. Ten days after she delighted critics on opening night at the Venice Film Festival with her all-singing, all-dancing turn in the musical La La Land, the 27-year-old star of Birdman and The Help was presented with the Volpi Cup for Best Actress by the festival’s jury.
Stone is the first American to win the prize since Julianne Moore in 2002 for Far from Heaven: since then, honourees have included two British actresses, Helen Mirren and Imelda Staunton, who won respectively for The Queen and Vera Drake. The award has nudged Stone into an early lead in the Best Actress race in the coming Oscar season – five months away, but it’s never too soon to get excited – where her rivals will likely include Natalie Portman, whose new film Jackie, a biopic of the former US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, also had its world premiere at Venice this year.
Best Actress (Volpi Cup): Emma Stone (La La Land)
Source: Telegraph UK