Oscars 2017: Emma Stone’s Best Performances

Wyatt Muma ’18/ Emertainment Monthly Executive Film Editor

Emma Stone has had a long, interesting climb to her win at the 89th Academy Awards. With collaborations with Cameron Crowe and Alejandro Inarritu under her belt, there’s no doubt that Stone is well on her way to becoming a Hollywood legend. Keeping her track record in mind, it will be interesting to see what exciting choices Stone makes in her future endeavors. Here are her most important roles that led to tonight’s exciting win.

Easy A

Emma Stone in Easy A. Photo Credit: Screen Gems.

Emma Stone crashed on to the scene with her iconic role in Will Gluck‘s 2010 comedy. Already a classic of the high school genre, Stone carries this film with her quick wit and magnetic personality. She brought gravitas and charisma to a film that could of been easily forgettable. With this performance, she gained her her first nomination for the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy. While other roles have gotten more awards attention, there’s no doubt that her character of Olive remains her most popular.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Emma Stone in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures.

With Innaritu’s Birdman, Stone first garnered critical acclaim for a more dramatic role. The character of Sam, brooding disenfranchised daughter, allowed her to flex her range in new and exciting ways. Through the spectacle, Stone’s performance grounded the film in very real issues and relationships. Through her ethereal eyes and rasp of a voice, Stone acted her way to her first Oscar nomination.

Crazy, Stupid, Love

EMMA STONE as Hannah in Warner Bros. Pictures’ comedy “CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE.” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Emma Stone in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Photo Credit: Warner Brothers Pictures.

Once again banking on her trademark humor- Crazy, Stupid, Love was the first taste of the Gosling & Stone duo. Despite its interweaving stories, the dominant presence in the film was Stone’s character of Hannah. Seeing her fall in love was endearing and relatable, Stone bringing depth and wit to an otherwise paint-by-the-numbers picture. This big studio film allowed her a wider audience and only increased her popularity.

The Help 

Emma Stone in The Help. Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures.

Tate Taylor‘s adaption of The Help was a tricky proposition from the start. As far as literary adaptions go, few were up against as big a group of passionate readers. Stone’s Skeeter had to be charismatic and revolutionary, refusing to fit into the Southern mold. She was able to effortlessly portray a woman on the cusp of figuring out who she was without being too heavy handed. With such a big cast of incredibly talented actresses, Stone stepped up to the plate and truly shined.


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