Circuit Q&A: Favorite Amy Adams Performance?

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"Sharp Objects" Stars Amy Adams

The phrase “always a bridesmaid, never the bride” is one Amy Adams knows all too well. Despite having six Oscar nominations to her name, Amy Adams still has yet to attain the coveted statuette. However, this post is all about celebrating her work as an actress. Today is Adams’ 45th birthday and in honor of this occasion, we’ll be acknowledging her impressive acting range.

SUNNY RISE TO STARDOM:

Adams has proven she can go from playing sweet-natured to sinister with ease. However, when she made her big break, she initially showed her sunnier side. When “Junebug” premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2005, Adams won a Special Jury Prize for Acting for her performance as the winsome, optimistic Ashley. In addition, she achieved her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

But while “Junebug” signaled her arrival, “Enchanted” cemented Amy Adams’ star status. Both a blend of animation and live-action, “Enchanted” features Adams as Giselle, a princess torn away from her fairytale kingdom. The film became a blockbuster hit, grossing $340 million worldwide, and earned Adams her first Golden Globe bid for Best Actress – Musical or Comedy.

A DARKER SIDE:

For a while after “Enchanted,” Amy Adams was typecast in lighthearted fare. Then came “The Fighter” where she plays Charlene, a hard-nosed Boston bartender. Adams demonstrates such brittle vulnerability and removes any trace of Giselle or Ashley from “Junebug.” Plus, she landed her third Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Then came “The Master” where Adams plays her darkest character yet. Adams is masterfully elusive as Peggy Dodd, the manipulative wife of cult leader Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Critics, such as Justin Chang in his review from Variety, compared her character to Lady Macbeth.

In 2016, Adams would star in “Arrival,” what some would say as the pinnacle of her filmography. Adams won career-best raves as Louise Banks, a linguist communicating with aliens that invade Earth. She achieved similar raves for the HBO miniseries “Sharp Objects” as Camille, a reporter with a history of self-harm and complicated familial dynamics. Adams recently earned her first Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie for the role.

WHAT’S NEXT?:

Next, Amy Adams has “Woman in the Window” which was recently postponed until next year. Meanwhile, she’s filming “Hillbilly Elegy,” a film adaptation of the J.D. Vance memoir. Adams will star opposite Glenn Close with director Ron Howard at the helm.

What your favorite Amy Adams performance? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

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