Amy Adams has been making movie headlines lately. The Hollywood actress had not only one but two stellar performances in the movies Nocturnal Animals and Arrival, which were both released in the second half of 2016. That said, it is right to say that Adams has finally earned her spot among the best actors in the business.
So as Amy Adams gears up for the upcoming awards season, Explore Talent is taking a look back at the Italian-American’s top movie performances. Adams has done a number of roles throughout her career, including the popular Disney feature Enchanted. But this list will not enumerate all those roles but will rather discuss about her most critically acclaimed movie roles to date.
5 of Amy Adams’s Best Movie Performances
5. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
People may think that Catch Me If You Can was a big success only for Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, and Stephen Spielberg, but what most don’t know is that the biographical film was Adams’s breakout role as well. As one of real-life con artist Frank Abagnale‘s love affairs, Adams was charming and entirely convincing in her performance as Brenda Strong. She may have had only appeared as a minor character, but it was an unforgettable one nonetheless.
4. Junebug (2005)
Amy Adams’s performance as a young and somewhat naive pregnant woman was both an endearing and heartbreaking one. As Ashley, Adams portrays a picture of a young woman who thinks that having a baby will fix her strained relationship with her husband. Though her character wasn’t exactly the lead one, she still manages to stir the most emotions throughout the film.
Adams was so majestic in her performance that she earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
3. The Fighter (2010)
Amy Adams traded her typically sweet roles to play a foul-mouthed bartender in the David O’ Russell film The Fighter. The film may have highlighted both Christian Bale‘s and Mark Wahlberg‘s acting chops, but Adams’s performance as Charlene Fleming is something that cannot be overlooked either. Charlene is a key player who keeps Micky’s (Wahlberg) feet on the ground even when he dives into a world of drugs and crime.
2. Doubt (2008)
As a performer, it is easily to be overwhelmed when acting alongside the best in the business. But Amy Adams managed to hold her own in the 2008 drama film Doubt. She, together with co-star Viola Davis, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Adams played Sister James in the tension-filled movie, and her portrayal of a worried and timid servant of God makes it a film worth watching.
1. American Hustle (2013)
American Hustle sees Adams reuniting with director David O. Russell and Christian Bale. As Sydney Prescott, Irving’s (Bale) not-so-secret lover, Adams is complex. She dives into screwball comedy and drama at just the right pace, bringing her superb acting chops front and center.