Zendaya courts Oscar talk as initial Challengers reviews arrive.

A recurring motif in the excellent reviews is the 27-year-old Euphoria star's  

performance as shrewd tennis pro Tashi, whose complicated character remains at the center of the film.  

"Zendaya is the linchpin," The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney stated.  

"Her work here, on the heels of Dune: Part Two, cements her status as a born Movie Star."  

"Challengers is the ultimate example to date of what has become a distinctively Zendaya screen energy," Vulture staff writer Matt Zoller Seitz wrote.  

"When she raises her racket hand to serve, you feel she could break your nose with the intensity of her swing,  

character is motivated, after all these years, by channeled wrath at having the world and losing it.  

Though Zendaya hasn't been recognized at the Academy Awards just yet, she's already made history with her accolades from the small screen. 

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