Under the Circuit: Emma Stone


emma_stone_in_easy_a-normalMOST KNOWN FOR: “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Easy A,” “Superbad”


There is no question that Emma Stone is one of Hollywood’s brightest young stars. She has proven that she can do it all, comedy, drama, big-budget action movies and indies all with relative ease. The last thing that Stone has left to conquer is the Academy Awards, and here time to do so may be just around the corner.

Moviegoers got their first introduction to Emma Stone as the girl of Jonah Hill’s dreams in “Superbad.” Though her screen time was brief, she had great chemistry with Hill and definitely and was a stand-out. She’d follow that up with supporting performances in a handful of other comedies, most notably as the tough survivalist Wichita in “Zombieland.” Stone’s breakout performance would come in 2010, though, with “Easy A.”

Her first true leading role, “Easy A” saw Stone as a spectacularly weird high-schooler who unintentionally becomes the epicenter of a nasty rumor and who must deal with it in her own way. It cemented Stone as a extremely gifted comedic actress, but also proved that she had all the makings of a star as the film would have not been nearly as successful without her in the leading role. Though it wasn’t your typical Oscar fair, more aligned with the Golden Globes (which she was nominated for), it was and still is a career best turn for Stone.

The next year Stone would find herself in an Oscar-nominated movie, but not for her. “The Help” was a strong player in the acting categories with nominations for Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer, who would also take home the iwn. Stone is undoubtedly strong in the film, but her character, though central to the plot, doesn’t have the same emotional impact as the others and that kept her from any serious consideration.

Since then Stone has often been the best part of the movies that she has been in, whether or not the overall project lives up to it. If you want proof look at her two outings with Ryan Gosling, “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Gangster Squad,” and both of “The Amazing Spider-Man” movies.

Speaking of “Spider-Man” (SPOILERS AHEAD), Stone has gotten the necessary cred from that franchise, and now that her character has met her infamous end, she can look to new and exciting projects without the weight of being committed to a massive franchise.

We most certainly haven’t seen the last of Emma Stone in 2014 either, we’ll be seeing a steady dose of her work over the remaining seven months. First, she’ll star with Colin Firth in Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight.” In the fall she is part of a stellar ensemble for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman.” And as a Christmas treat we’ll see her romance Bradley Cooper in Cameron Crowe’s untitled project. Out of those three, “Magic in the Moonlight” and the Crowe project seem like her best bets to make a run at a nomination.

Magic-in-the-MoonlightClearly Allen enjoyed working with Stone as he just casted her in his next project alongside Joaquin Phoenix. Allen’s muses have a fantastic track record with the Academy and Stone looks to join legendary names like Keaton, Wiest, Cruz and Blanchett.

At 26, Stone has a long and surely highlight filled career ahead of her. But as we’ve seen with the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Carey Mulligan and other young actresses, the Academy has no problem handing out nominations, and in some cases wins, to the young starlets. Stone is entering the prime of her career, and I’d for one would be shocked to see her walk out of it without a single Oscar nomination to her name.

What do you think?

Written by Michael Balderston

NoVA native who has returned to the Washington D.C. area after two years in L.A. My biggest annoyance since leaving L.A. is not having immediate access to indie films on their first weekend, but I'm making due. When I'm not tracking the year's Oscar players or exploring film history, I'm rooting for my Philadelphia sports teams.


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