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Kristen Stewart Becomes First American Actress to Win France's César Award

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Kristen Stewart has achieved something no other American actress has before, winning a César at France’s most prestigious film award show.

The 24-year-old Twilight star’s eyes went wide when she heard her name called at the Paris event Friday. She even attempted to accept the award in French in an emotional speech.

Stewart won best supporting actress for her performance in French writer/director Olivier Assayas’s Clouds of Sils MariaJuliette Binoche and Chloë Grace Moretz also star in the acclaimed drama.

Backstage, Stewart told reporters she prefers the French film industry.

“The reasons why people make films here in France are very different from the reasons why people make movies in Hollywood and I prefer it here a little bit,” Stewart said, according to Variety.

The film premiered last year at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for six Césars, including lead actress for Binoche, best director for Assayas and best film.

The César Awards is an annual ceremony recognizing the top achievements in the French film industry and is comparable to the American Oscars.

Sean Penn was also in attendance and was awarded an honorary César.