Associatedcontent by Jason Tanamor: Kristen Stewart is the next Meryl Streep. I know, I know, I know. This is a bold statement. But hear me out.
Kristen Stewart, love or hate the "Twilight" series, showed that she could shake the Bella role and appear in two movies which she easily could have been nominated for Academy Awards. The first role was as Joan Jett in "The Runaways." Stewart played this part perfectly. What was interesting about the movie was the "The Runaways" was based off a book that lead singer Cherie Currie wrote yet was told from Jett's perspective. Stewart owned this movie and completely eliminated any resemblance to her role as Bella.
The next movie Stewart could have been nominated for was "Welcome to the Rileys." Stewart plays a beaten stripper named Mallory whose character goes from anger and pain to innocence and disobedience. Since her role in "Twilight" Stewart has progressively gotten better in each role she's taken on.
Why didn't Stewart get nominated for these parts? She's done what no other actress has accomplished - got fans and movie goers to believe she wasn't Bella from "Twilight." Stewart's star power revolves around her role and relationship with the "Twilight" series. Lots of times people can't shake off the notion that so and so was this person in this movie. This is what is happening to Stewart - she is being typecast as Bella by fans.
Meryl Streep is the greatest actress ever. She's been nominated for 16 Oscars, the most of any actor or actress. Although she's only won a couple of statues, Streep is synonymous with excellence. Her movies range from "Postcards From the Edge," "Out of Africa" and "Julie & Julia." But, Streep never had to go through what Stewart has gone through with "Twilight."
Thankfully for Stewart, she is an unbelievable actress and has taken each subsequent role and turned it into an Oscar worthy performance. More of these and she will definitely be in the same breath as Streep. And possibly then some.