Emma Stone wins 2nd Best Actress Oscar for ‘Poor Things’

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emma Stone clinched her second career-best actress Oscar for her outstanding performance in “Poor Things,” edging out intense competition from Lily Gladstone of “Killers of the Flower Moon” in a race that kept pundits on the edge of their seats.

Stone, visibly stunned, emerged victorious on Sunday night, as announced by last year’s winner, Michelle Yeoh. This historic win, as Gladstone would have been the first Native American to secure a competitive Oscar.

Stone expressed her disbelief in her acceptance speech, stating, “I think I blacked out… I still feel like I’m spinning a little bit.” She thanked her husband, Dave McCary, her co-stars, and the director, acknowledging the collaborative effort that brought the film to life.

“Poor Things” showcases Stone’s remarkable portrayal of Bella Baxter, a character in Victorian London who undergoes a brain transplant and embarks on a journey of self-discovery amidst dark humor and intricate steampunk visuals.

Stone, who previously won Best Actress in 2017 for “La La Land,” highlighted the collective effort behind filmmaking, stating, “It’s not about me. It’s about a team that came together to make something greater than the sum of its parts.”

Acknowledging a wardrobe malfunction during her entrance, Stone humorously mentioned, “They sewed me back in, which was wonderful.” She also praised co-star Ryan Gosling’s performance in the original song nominee, “I’m Just Ken.”

The 35-year-old actor, hailing from Scottsdale, Arizona, rose to fame with roles in “Easy A,” “The Help,” and various “Spider-Man” movies, among others.

The Best Actress category also featured nominees Annette Bening for “Nyad,” Sandra Hüller for “Anatomy of a Fall,” and Carey Mulligan for “Maestro.”

Stone and Gladstone had traded wins in precursor awards, building anticipation for their Oscar showdown. While Stone emerged victorious at the BAFTA Film Awards and the Golden Globes, Gladstone claimed victories at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and in a separate category at the Globes.

Despite the fierce competition, Stone’s exceptional performance and her film’s unique narrative secured her a well-deserved spot in Oscar history.