Actors Appreciation Season: AMY ADAMS

Amazing Amy Adams. Roles ranging from Giselle (Enchanted) to Sister James (Doubt), from Lois Lane (Man of Steel) to Mary (The Muppets), Amy Adams has an extensive and diverse catalogue of roles that she has played. Amy manages to balance her career with exciting blockbusters and indie projects and she does so with ease.

Amy Adams has been nominated for 5 Oscars and she has won 2 Golden Globes. She has worked with acclaimed directors such as David O. Russell, Paul Thomas Anderson, Tim Burton etc. She has also worked with Oscar winners such as Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep, as well as Oscar nominees Bradley Cooper and Joaquin Phoenix (tip of the ice berg) and continues to captivate audiences with her exciting and complicated roles.

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The role which caught my attention was in Disney’s Enchanted. Amy Adams was perfect for the naive Giselle living in the real world, experiencing cultural shifts from the animated world to the harsh reality of New York. The role earned her a Golden Globe nomination, because she is the answer to how a Disney animated character would fare in the real world and she does so with such wit and believability. The film itself is brilliant, referencing many Disney animations and being tongue and cheek about certain Disney conventions! 8 years on and she still in Giselle in my eyes.

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The role of Giselle easily contrasts with the next role I’ll highlight, which is Sydney in 2013’s American Hustle. The film as a whole wasn’t my favourite, but it was a brilliant film to showcase great actors, most notably Amy Adams. She lead the film with such rawness and vulnerability, playing a layered and complicated character with such conviction seems to her. Amy Adams was evenly matched (if not superior) with her co-stars as she lead the cast ensemble. If I were to talk about the rest of her roles, this would easily be a long blog post.

As mentioned before, Amy Adams has paved a career which allows her to flow in and out of mainstream and independent films. One minute she’s playing in Night at the Museum 2: The Battle of the Smithsonian and the next she’s playing in the Oscar winning Her, whatever role she’s in she totally owns it and does so with such integrity.

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Not only is she an incredible actress, but she’s a great singer and performer. Enchanted highlighted these talents, as well as 2011’s The Muppets. She was amazing performing the Oscar nominated song “That’s How You Know” in Enchanted, playing off the Disney convention where you can easily break into song at any time. As well as singing “Me Party” in The Muppets, she clearly knows what a real party is and she brings vibrancy and fun to the scene. So it’s amazing how she can switch it to more serious roles, such as her Oscar nominated turn in Doubt.

It’s an amazing achievement being nominated for 5 Oscars, but please can the Academy give her an Oscar win now. Thank you.

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