Kristen Stewart to lead 2023 Berlin film festival jury following 'Spencer' Oscar nomination – USA TODAY

BERLIN — Organizers of the annual Berlin film festival said Friday that Kristen Stewart will head the international jury in 2023.
The American actor, screenwriter and director, who starred in the “Twilight” series and recently played Princess Diana in “Spencer,” for which she received an Oscar nomination, will lead the judges’ panel at the 73rd Berlinale.
“She’s one of the most talented and multi-faceted actors of her generation,” festival directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian said in a statement, adding that “with an impressive body of work behind her, Kristen Stewart is the perfect bridge between U.S. and Europe.”
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Stewart made her directorial and screenwriting debut in 2018 with short film “Come Swim,” and was a member of the international jury at the Cannes Film Festival that year.
She made waves last awards season for her role as Princess Diana in Pablo Larraín’s psychological drama about the famous royal in crisis as she considers divorcing Prince Charles. After early awards buzz, Stewart was snubbed by the Screen Actors Guild and was later nominated for best actress at the Oscars.
The Berlin International Film Festival takes place from Feb. 16-26.
Last year’s film festival jury was headed by American filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, and French actress Isabelle Huppert was awarded an Honorary Golden Bear for her lifetime achievement.
“Huppert is one of the most versatile actors in the world and has played an impressive range of characters in almost 150 cinema and television productions,” the festival management said.
In 2021, the festival awarded gender-neutral awards for acting categories in both leading and supporting performances for the first time. 
“Not separating the awards in the acting field according to gender comprises a signal for a more gender-sensitive awareness in the film industry,” co-heads of the festival, Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian, said in a statement when announcing the change. 
Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY
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