Noel Clarke (winner of last year's BAFTAs) Takes on Negative Critics that Say Kristen Didn't deserve The Rising Star Award.

So I’m asked to be on the Orange rising star award jury after winning it last year and I’m glad to do that. We (The Jury) watch a hell of a lot of films and after weeks and weeks come up with the final five people and they’re announced.

Then of course Lots of other people chime in with their opinions about who should be on there, because there’s always people who think they know better, but that’s fine too, everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

People want Tahar to win, they love A Prophet (I do too, it’s a great movie). People want Carey to win (She is brilliant in An Education, if you like the film or not). People want Jesse to win (He carries Zombieland and is great in everything he does) People want Nick to win, he has a huge following, is british, possibly the best young actor full stop and is gonna go far. And of course people want Kristen to win… But the only difference with her was this… As many people who wanted her to win, there were equally vocal people who absolutely didn’t want her to win. The other nominees didn’t have that animosity against them.

I said nothing. I couldn’t. I wasn’t allowed (and as most people know Nick Hoult is like a little brother I wouldn’t minded if he won. P.S that is not why he was nominated. he is that good) So why does it all bother me? Two reasons.

Firstly: I know how that feels. Last year although loads of people wanted me to win, because my films don’t seem worthy to a lot of vocal people, there were a lot who were saying. “I don’t care who wins as long as it’s not him”.

Even after winning I still have to deal with comments like this.

“Nonetheless, she was very charming when interviewed backstage and told that previous winner Noel Clarke was ‘passing the baton on’ to her. Presumably, this baton represents starring in quite small British films that no-one outside of this soggy island has ever heard of for a relatively small fee, so I guess she has a lot to look forward to”.


That’s just one of the perks of the job! Please do thank these people for me like I know you guys can. ; )

Anyway… Secondly: It’s not fair on her. Life isn’t fair, but her dislike is unfounded. The girl is actually a brilliant actress and people are only hating on her because every piece of great acting work that she has done has been eclipsed by the juggernaut that is twilight… Lets be honest, that’s what it’s really about isn’t it? People not liking her because she stars in those films that do so well and they are not considered worthy by the snobs. Personally, I don’t mind em. They ain’t the godfather, (Neither was AVATAR) but they’re entertaining.

Adulthood- (my film that won me the bafta for those who don’t know it. And this is me for those new here or not aware of me before sunday ) -was one of the highest grossing BRITISH FILMS of 2008, 1st or 2nd. But you wouldn’t know that because people don’t want you too, then it got ignored everywhere apart from BAFTA. Not that I would ever compare my films to anything Kristen Stewart does. But why hate on a person because they are doing well? It makes no sense. Also she was cast in that film because of her talent. That’s how films like that are cast. Not everyone thought it would blow up like it did and so what that it has? She is actress who took a role. That’s what actors do.

So we end up at the BAFTAS. The British academy awards. I step on the stage, do my little speech and read the envelope. “Kristen Stewart” She comes up does her speech and leaves.

We go back stage, exchange a few words while walking to Edith, then do the interview. Then we go round the front and take the pictures. It’s Madness. Hundreds of bulbs flashing and everyone wanting a piece of this girl. We have a couple more words. I tell her well done again and I leave.

So what did I get from our little chat and the hand on the shoulder in the pic. And these are my opinions only. I got a sense of a lovely, nervous and shy girl who respected the other actors she was up against and was a bit overwhelmed by winning. More importantly than that, I see a girl got into this acting job because she wants to actually act and play different roles. There is a difference between wanting to act and wanting to be a star.

It’s difficult at any age when you can’t go anywhere with out people wanting a piece of you, and she is still young. People who said she was weird on stage, well… I don’t really agree. It’s a little daunting up there, I would love to see some of her detractors get up in front of 2000 or so people with only your name as notice, (she didn’t know she was getting it) and half of those people be people that do the same job as you and are looking at you from head to toe, and all you want to do is just not fall over. It’s not easy.

In closing, don’t have a bad word to say about Ms Stewart. And there is no agenda here, I’m not kissing anyone’s ass. I don’t do that… I’m not getting anything for this, I don’t profess to know her because of our one meeting, I’m not on her radar, probably won’t get to work with her and I may never see her again, But she was genuinely a really, very nice girl, and being on the jury I had to watch almost every movie she’s done, that we could get our hands on from the last few years and the girl can f****** act, there is no question about that.

So. Would i have liked Nick to win..? Sure.

Am i upset that Kristen won? No way.

Did she deserve to win? Yeah she did, and i’m glad she did.

She was talented enough for us jury members to put her there in the first place and the public support her the most. Done deal.

She may be a Mega star now, but she is still a rising star in terms of where her career is going, because just being in a blockbuster doesn’t make you a good actor. The girl is talented and has made some smart choices beyond the big movies.

So mark my words… If anyone will be known for much more than twilight in about 20 years time, it’ll be her.

P.S out in June Teaser here.

His official blog can be found here:

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Comment by Karen E on February 23, 2010 at 5:12pm
Bless his heart. It's nice to see the hate we view online get chastised.
Comment by Paulina Thomas on February 23, 2010 at 5:17pm
Comment by JoS on February 23, 2010 at 5:27pm
of course she deserved to win, she's an amazing young actress, she's so talented....i love kristen she's awesome!!!!
Comment by Veronica on February 23, 2010 at 5:31pm
I love that Noel posted this on his blog. Many people do think that Kristen should not have won and they only pick on her because she's in Twilight. They don't know that she has done some amazing movies and always takes on different and fantastic roles. I'm glad she won because she has worked hard and deserved it. The other nominees are also very talented that's why they were nominated. Go Kris!
Comment by Eclyptica on February 23, 2010 at 5:50pm
That is just f****** awesome! I give him SO much props for this! He has a good soul, and from the sounds of it and from we see, so does she. She IS an awesome actress!! I've seen almost all of her movies, and she's really very good. I think it's sad that people hate on her.. Even Twilight fans hate on her because she gets to co-star with Robert? Or maybe she's dating him? Seriously, grow up kids. I think it's great she won, she deserved it and her speech was not weird, it was endearing. And Noel Clarke now rocks in my world. Props to you!
Comment by eliana valeria amarillo on February 23, 2010 at 6:00pm
I'm 100% with him, he's so right in everything he wrote!! GO KRISTEN!!! SHE'S AN AWESOME ACTRESS, people is always gonna say something, I hope she doesn't give there opinions that much credit.
Comment by Gena Nicole Metrakos on February 23, 2010 at 6:23pm
what a nice guy- I'm going to check out some of his movies now. She was a great actress before twilight & she's a great actress in twilight! Just because she was in a successful movie doesn't mean she's undeserving- Can't wait to see her new films. Congrats Kristen!!!!!
Comment by Nancy Lopez on February 23, 2010 at 6:38pm
yay hes so nice!!!and her speech was not weird she was just nervous shes great ive seen alot of her movies and she can act!!!congrats kristen u deserved it!!!!
Comment by Carmen Rohde on February 23, 2010 at 6:40pm
Noel Clarke showed that he is a man of integrity. I agree with everything that he has said. It's about time that someone stepped up and defended Kristen. She deserved to win. I personally did not find her speech awkward. She showed respect for the fans, her fellow actors and her family. I hope that Kristen realizes her detractors are just jealous of her success, her beauty, her talent and I hope to see her in many successful films other than the Twilight Saga. She deserves to have a long, and illustrious career.
Comment by Erica on February 23, 2010 at 7:25pm
love that he wrote this. i'm thinking that those of you who complained about her acceptance speech should really take into consideration what was said here too.


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