Amy Adams has unfortunately inherited the mantle Kate Winslet had to drag around for a decade: “Best Actress Without An Oscar”. Nominated five times (it should be six if someone can make sense of how Arrival can get 8 nominations and not one for its star?), she’s 0 for 5. Adams has put together an amazing body of work since she broke out in 2005’s Junebug and earned her first Oscar nod. Whether in supporting roles as in Doubt, Charlie Wilson’s War, or Her; or as a lead in American Hustle, Big Eyes, or Enchanted, Adams always delivers strong performances. I think her best performance was American Hustle, but her best movie was 2016’s science fiction masterpiece Arrival. In the age of the comic book movie, most stars have been snapped up by DC or Marvel. Adams has played Lois Lane in the DCEU in Man of Steel (which was good) and Batman vs. Superman (which was really not but not Adams’ fault). It’s an unfortunate reality that quality actresses have a harder time finding quality roles as they age. Adams is defying this trend, and eventually the Academy will recognize her as one of the strongest actresses of the last 30 years.
Amy Adams’ Best 10
1. Arrival (2016), Louise Banks
2. American Hustle (2013), Sydney Prosser
3. Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Bonnie Bach
4. Catch Me If You Can (2002), Brenda Strong
5. Enchanted (2007), Giselle
6. Doubt (2008), Sister James
7. Julie & Julia (2009), Julie Powell
8. The Fighter (2010), Charlene Fleming
9. Junebug (2005), Ashley
10. Big Eyes (2014), Margaret Keane
Honorable Mention: Her (2013), Amy
Oscars, Golden Globes & Emmys
Oscar Wins (0): GRRRRRRRR
Oscar Nominations (5): Junebug (2006), Doubt (2009), The Fighter (2011), The Master (2013), American Hustle (2014)
Golden Globe Wins (2): American Hustle (2014), Big Eyes (2015)
Golden Globe Nominations (7): Enchanted (2008), Doubt (2009), The Fighter (2011), The Master (2013), American Hustle (2014), Big Eyes (2015), Arrival (2017)
Emmy Wins (0 ):
Emmy Nominations (0)
My Favorite Adams Scene:
“Discovering Anger” from Enchanted
Next Film: Adams is working with HBO on an mini-series adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s (Gone Girl) novel, Sharp Objects. This will likely rectify her empty Emmy resume, and if you’ve read the book….you know it will be a much darker role for Adams than she’s taken on in the past. The mini-series will debut on HBO in July 2018.
Looking further ahead is a sequel to 2007’s Enchanted in pre-production entitled Disenchanted and a role in Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney film (in which Christian Bale will play the former Vice-President) as Lynne Cheney. Adams is also attached to the post-9/11 thriller The True American with Mark Ruffalo.