Despite the fact that Kristen Stewart's career launched with Twilight, it's clear that the actress has always had indie blood. In the past year, she's starred in four films from venerable directors: Ang Lee's Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Woody Allen's Cafe Society, Kelly Reichardt's Certain Women, and Olivier Assayas' Personal Shopper, for which she won a César Award. (Working with Reichardt, whose movies could be called the antithesis of Twilight, Stewart cemented her place in the art-house canon.) This year, the New York Film Festival even hosted a "Night with Kristen Stewart"; the event's promotional materials state that "Stewart has been quietly amassing an impressive body of work, starring in enigmatic roles in complex films."

High-profile video essayist Kevin B. Lee has deemed 2016 "the Year of Kristen Stewart." In a new video for Fandor, Lee highlights Stewart's recent roles, noting that her performances often build upon the foundation of her idiosyncratic personality.