Starlet Showdown: Kristen Stewart vs. Dakota Fanning ~ article

They've squared off in Twilight's big-screen saga and rocked out side by side on stage as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie in The Runaways, a biopic in which both starlets shone. We think it's about time for a Kristen Stewart vs. Dakota Fanning showdown.

Round 1: Range

Fanning has far more range than you might expect from a 16-year-old -- until you remember she acted in her first film at age eight. From sadistic vampire telepath and psychic fugitive to jailbait rock star, rape victim, alien, little girl under attack by aliens, mentally handicapped man's daughter, and the animated heroine of a dark fairytale. Kristen Stewart also kicked off her screen career at eight. She's also done a turn as a jailbait rock star and rape victim, as well as the girlfriend of a vampire, a teleporter, and a wilderness adventurer. She's also done stripper, amusement park employee, and disappearing diabetic daughter. Both have tried their talents in similar genres, from science fiction and horror to comedy and drama, and have dug deep to deliver complex, compelling characters.

Winner: Dakota Fanning

On paper it's a tie. But in reality, though her resume boasts a diversity of characters and movie genres, we can't help but feel Kristen Stewart delivers them all with the same aloof, tough-yet-fragile, pensive persona -- as charismatic as it may be. Dakota Fanning is more of a chameleon.

Round 2: Star Stamina

A good measure of an actress' fortitude and skill is sometimes whether or not she can hold her own with her A-list colleagues and how often she's chosen to star with them. Kristen Stewart has held her own with Sean Penn, Robert De Niro, and Jodie Foster. Dakota Fanning, on the other hand, has also worked with Penn and De Niro as well as Tom Cruise, Forrest Whittaker, Denzel Washington, and Charlize Theron. Both Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning have received kudos from the big names they've brushed shoulders with on set.

Winner: Dakota Fanning wins by a smidge.

Round 3: Awards

Excusing her Twilight Razzie (it's Bella's fault), Kristen Stewart earned a 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award nom for her performance in Into the Wild. She also won this year's BAFTA rising star award and was included in Adventureland's 2009 Gotham Awards nom for best ensemble cast. Dakota Fanning, meanwhile, was the youngest person (at age eight) to be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for I Am Sam. She also nabbed a 2006 Saturn Award for War of the Worlds and the Broadcast Critics Associate Award for best young actress/actor twice.

Winner: So far Dakota Fanning's garnered more total awards at 17 compared to six for Kristen Stewart, and neither can trump the other with an Oscar, so we're ruling in favor of Dakota Fanning again.

Round 4: The Future

For the most part both Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart seem capable of and partial to challenging and unique roles -- the stuff of Oscars. Neither has backed themselves into a rom-com, action-adventure, or any other film genre corner and both seem willing to take risks and test their abilities. Next for Kristen Stewart is a film based on Jack Kerouac's iconic book On the Road and K-11, in which she's rumored to play a transsexual prisoner with autism. That's bold! What's next for Dakota Fanning? Talk on the boulevard is she'll play Betsy to Al Pacino's Napoleon in the adaptation of the beloved children's book Betsy and the Emperor. She's also slated to slip into the deadly shoes of 17-year-old assassin Lily in Furious Angel.

Winner: We think they both have Oscar potential and are certainly aiming high enough to reach a golden boy someday soon, so we're calling this one a tie.

The Verdict: Dakota Fanning wins by a moderate margin, so far. Only time will tell who truly triumphs.


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Comment by Bree Cullen on July 20, 2010 at 2:00pm
I really don't think you can compare these two amazing actresses. They are so very different in the way they act and the movies they choose to do.
Comment by Sparkle Cullen on July 20, 2010 at 2:24pm
Dakota Fanning is my friend on facebook!!!!!!! and its the real her! and she said "dont believe, dont add"
Comment by Lindy Rosa Bella on July 20, 2010 at 4:33pm
Are they honestly trying to compare them????? Are they INSANE?!?!?!?! These two are on equal levels and plus, they're best friends.
Comment by Dezyree baby! on July 20, 2010 at 6:01pm
totally aggree with u @Rosa Fallon Cullen there both amazingly awesome in both their careers!
Comment by J.E.B. (Jacob Edward Black) on July 20, 2010 at 6:06pm
I see very little redeeming qualities about a article like very unwelcome u can't compare apples to bananas they are both fantastic in there own skin and each quite different
Comment by SHEILA PATTINSON on July 20, 2010 at 7:11pm
i dont think they should make them vs each other they are both verry talented actors .... i love them both !!!
Comment by THE SPARKLY DEMON on July 20, 2010 at 10:10pm
they are both great and have been acting for a very long time i think they both rock so i cant compare..... :D
Comment by prajitha on July 20, 2010 at 10:21pm
stupid people...y they compare always the bests?
Comment by ivy on July 21, 2010 at 2:01am
I agree with Dakota Fanning is more of a chameleon, but also KStew's acting is strong and electric.
In greek the word 'actor' is translated as 'ethopios'. It's a compound word, from 'ethos' which means morals and 'pio' which means create sth. So in order to create morals, first of all u must have morals..! Both girls are great actresses because they have morals, and that's a good sign. They represent the new generation of Hollywood's actors.
Comment by JoS on July 21, 2010 at 4:06am
can't even compare they are both amazing


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