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Amy Adams
Amy Adams 2016.jpg
Adams attending the premiere of Nocturnal Animals at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival
Born Amy Lou Adams
(1974-08-20) August 20, 1974 (age 43)
Vicenza, Italy
Nationality American
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Darren Le Gallo (m. 2015)
Children 1
Awards Full list

Amy Lou Adams (born August 20, 1974) is an American actress and singer. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time in 2014 and is among the highest-paid actresses in the world.[1] She is the recipient of several awards, including two Golden Globe Awards, and has been nominated for five Academy Awards, four for Best Supporting Actress and one for Best Actress, and six British Academy Film Awards.

Born in Vicenza, Italy, and raised in Castle Rock, Colorado, Adams is the fourth of seven siblings. She was not academically inclined, and trained to be a ballerina. Later believing herself to not be good enough at it, she began performing in musical theater at age 18. In 1994, she began her professional career in dinner theater, and in 1999, she made her feature film debut with a supporting part in Drop Dead Gorgeous. After relocating to Los Angeles, she made several guest appearances in television, and took on mean-girl parts in small-scale features. Her first major role came in Steven Spielberg's 2002 biopic Catch Me If You Can, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, but she was unemployed for a year after. Her breakthrough came in the part of a loquacious pregnant woman in the 2005 independent film Junebug, for which she received her first Oscar nomination.

The 2007 musical Enchanted, in which she played a cheerful Disney Princess, was Adams' first major success as a leading lady. She followed it by playing naive, upbeat women in a series of films, including in the 2008 drama Doubt. She subsequently sought out stronger female parts, and played them to positive reviews in the sports film The Fighter (2010), and the psychological drama The Master (2012). In 2013, she began portraying Lois Lane in superhero films set in the DC Extended Universe. She won two consecutive Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress for playing a seductive con artist in the crime film American Hustle (2013) and the troubled artist Margaret Keane in the biopic Big Eyes (2014). In 2016, she received acclaim for her leading roles in the science fiction film Arrival and the psychological thriller Nocturnal Animals.

Adams' stage roles include the The Public Theater's revival of Into the Woods in 2012, in which she played the Baker's wife. Adams is married to the artist Darren Le Gallo, with whom she has a daughter.

Early life[edit]

Amy Lou Adams was born on August 20, 1974 to American parents Richard and Kathryn Adams in Vicenza, Italy, where her father was stationed at the Caserma Ederle military complex for the United States Army.[2][3] The middle child of seven, she has four brothers and two sisters.[4] After years of moving from base to base, Adams' family settled in Castle Rock, Colorado, when she was eight years old.[3] After quitting the army, her father sang professionally in nightclubs and restaurants, and her mother worked as a masseuse.[4][5] She describes going to her father's shows and drinking Shirley Temples at the bar as some of her fondest childhood memories.[6] The family had limited financial means, but they camped and hiked together, and would put on amateur skits that were usually written by her father, and sometimes by her mother.[3][5][7] Adams was enthusiastic about the plays, and invariably played the lead in them, though she hated rehearsals.[8]

Adams was raised a Mormon until 1985, when her parents' divorced and left the church.[5][9] She did not "have a strong religious pull towards the church", but has said that she valued her upbringing for teaching her about love and compassion.[4] Following the split, Richard moved to Arizona and remarried, and the children continued to live with their mother.[3][7] Subsequently, Kathryn became a semi-professional bodybuilder, and would bring the children with her to the gym when she trained.[5][7] Adams compared her uninhibited early years with her siblings with the Lord of the Flies.[4]

Adams was educated at the Douglas County High School. She was not academically inclined, but was interested in the creative arts and sang in the school choir. Although she did track and gymnastics, she harbored ambitions of becoming a ballerina, and trained as an apprentice at the local David Taylor Dance Company.[8][4] She disliked her experience in high school and kept mostly to herself.[5] After her graduation, she moved to Atlanta with her mother.[5] She did not intend to go to college, which disappointed her parents, and she later regretted not getting more of an education.[3][10] Realising, at age 18, that she was not gifted enough to be a professional ballerina, Adams became inclined towards musical theater, which she found was "much better suited to [her] personality."[4] One of her first jobs was in a community theater productions of Annie, but she did not make any money from it.[3] To support herself, Adams worked as a greeter at a Gap store.[8] She also took a job as a waitress at Hooters, where she had to work wearing tight gym outfits, and customers frequently misbehaved with her.[5][11] Adams left the job soon after she had saved enough money to buy a used car.[12]

Career[edit]

1994–2004: Dinner theater and early screen appearances[edit]

Adams began her professional career as a dancer in a 1994 dinner theater production of A Chorus Line in Boulder, Colorado.[3][13][14] The gig required her to wait on tables before getting up on stage to perform. Although she enjoyed singing and dancing, she disliked waitressing and ran into trouble when a fellow dancer, whom she considered a friend, made false accusations about her to the director.[3][15] She lost the job, but went on to perform in dinner theatre at Denver's Heritage Square Music Hall and Country Dinner Playhouse.[13] During a performance of Anything Goes at the Country Dinner Playhouse in 1995, she was spotted by Michael Brindisi, the president and artistic director of the Minneapolis-based Chanhassen Dinner Theater.[13][16] Adams relocated to Chanhassen, Minnesota, where she worked at the theater for the next three years.[16] She loved the "security and schedule" of the job, and has said that she learned tremendously from it.[15][16] However, the gruelling work took its toll on her: "I had a lot of recurring injuries—bursitis in my knees, pulled muscles in my groin, my adductor and abductor. My body was wearing out."[12]

Steven Spielberg, who gave Adams her first major role in Catch Me If You Can (2002), was surprised that she did not breakout after the film's release.[17]

During her time at Chanhassen, Adams shot for her first film—a black-and-white short subject satire named The Chromium Hook.[16] Soon after, she attended the locally-held auditions for the Hollywood film Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), while she was off-work nursing a pulled muscle.[3] She was cast in the supporting part of a promiscuous cheerleader; the film starred Kirsten Dunst, Ellen Barkin, and Kirstie Alley, and was a satire on beauty pageants.[4][8] The production was filmed locally, which enabled Adams to shoot for her role and also perform Brigadoon on stage.[18] Encouragement from Alley prompted Adams to actively pursue a film career and move to Los Angeles.[16] She described her initial experience in the city as "dark" and "bleak", and she pined for her life back in Chanhassen.[15]

In Los Angeles, Adams would frequently audition for roles: "It didn't matter what part it was. I went out for everything. [...] I needed to work. Because I needed to learn how to do it."[18] Within a week, she was cast in Fox's television series Manchester Prep, a spin-off of the film Cruel Intentions, in the lead role of Kathryn Merteuil.[3] The series did not live up to the network's expectations and following numerous script revisions and two production shutdowns, it was canceled.[19] The three filmed episodes were then re-edited and released later in 2001 as the direct-to-video film Cruel Intentions 2.[3] In her initial roles, she was mostly offered parts of "the bitchy girl".[12] In 2000, Adams had a supporting role in Psycho Beach Party, a horror parody of beach party and slasher films, in which she played the teenage nemesis of a movie star (played by Kimberly Davies).[20] She played the part as a homage to the actress Ann-Margret.[21] From 2000 to 2002, Adams appeared in guest roles in several television series, including That '70s Show, Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville, and The West Wing.[22][23]

Following brief roles in three small-scale features of 2002—The Slaughter Rule, Pumpkin, and Serving Sara—Adams found her first high-profile part in Steven Spielberg's comedy-drama Catch Me If You Can after casting director Deborah Zane brought her to Spielberg's attention.[11][24] She was cast as Brenda Strong, a nurse with whom Frank Abagnale, Jr. (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) falls in love. She described her experience on the film as a "huge confidence booster", but despite the film's success and the critic Todd McCarthy of Variety commending her "warm presence", it failed to launch her career. She was unemployed for a year after the film's release, leading her to almost quit film acting.[17][25][26] Adams instead enrolled for acting classes, realizing that she had "a lot to learn and a lot of self-growth to work through".[3][17] Her career prospects seemingly improved a year later when she received a lucrative offer to star as a regular in the CBS television drama Dr. Vegas, but she was dropped after a few episodes.[3] On film, she only had a minor role as the fiancée of Fred Savage's character in the little-seen The Last Run (2004).[27]

2005–2007: Breakthrough with Junebug and Enchanted[edit]

Disillusioned by her firing from Dr. Vegas, Adams, at 30 years old, considered looking for an alternate career after finishing work on the independent comedy-drama Junebug, which had a production budget of under $1 million.[3][28] Directed by Phil Morrison, the film featured Adams as Ashley Johnsten, a perky and loquacious pregnant woman. Morrison was impressed by Adams' ability to not question her character's inherently good motives.[29] She found a connection with Johnsten's faith in God, and spent time with Morrison in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (where the film is set), attending Sunday church.[4] She described making the film as "the summer I grew into myself", and after dyeing her hair red for the part, she decided to not go back to her natural blonde color.[4] Junebug premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, where Adams won a special jury prize.[13] Tim Robey of The Daily Telegraph labelled the film a "small, quiet miracle" and wrote that Adams had given "one of the most delicately funny and heartbreaking performances it's ever been my pleasure to review".[30] Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post opined that her "radiant portrayal" reflected the film's "deeply humanist heart".[31] Adams received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination and won an Independent Spirit Award.[4][32]

Casual head shot of blue-eyed young woman with long reddish-blond hair pulled back.
Adams on the set of Enchanted in 2006

Later in 2005, Adams had supporting parts in two critically panned films—the romantic comedy The Wedding Date, starring Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney, and the ensemble coming-of-age film Standing Still.[33][34] Also that year, she joined the cast of the television series The Office, for a recurring role over three episodes.[35] By 2006, the awards season success of Junebug helped increase interest in Adams' career.[13] In Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, a sports comedy from Adam McKay, Adams played the romantic interest of Will Ferrell's character, which critic Peter Travers deemed "quite a comedown" from her role in Junebug.[36] She also had a minor role in the workplace comedy The Ex, starring Zach Braff and Amanda Peet.[37]

After providing her voice for Walt Disney Pictures' animated comedy film Underdog (2007), Adams starred as a highly optimistic and joyous Disney Princess named Giselle in the musical romantic comedy Enchanted. She was among 250 actresses who auditioned for the high-profile part; the studio favoured the casting of a bigger star, but director Kevin Lima insisted on Adams due to her commitment to the part and her ability to not be judgemental about her perky personality.[38] Patrick Dempsey and James Marsden featured as her romantic interests. A ballgown that she had to wear for the film weighed 45 pounds, and Adams fell several times under its weight.[39] She also sang three songs for the film's soundtrack—"True Love's Kiss", "Happy Working Song", and "That's How You Know".[40] The critic Roger Ebert commended Adams for being "fresh and winning" in a role that "absolutely depends on effortless lovability", and Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe wrote that she "demonstrates a real performer's ingenuity for comic timing and physical eloquence".[41][42] Todd McCarthy considered the role to be Adams' breakthrough and compared her rise to stardom to that of Julie Andrews.[43] Enchanted was a commercial success, grossing over $340 million worldwide.[44] Adams received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.[45]

Following the success of Enchanted, Adams took on the part of Bonnie Bach, Congressman Charlie Wilson's assistant in Mike Nichols' political comedy-drama Charlie Wilson's War (2007), starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.[46] Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter praised Adams for being "sweetly savvy" in her part, but Peter Bradshaw was disappointed to see her talent wasted in a role he considered to be of minimal importance.[47][48]

2008–2012: Rise to prominence[edit]

Adams at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009, where she was nominated for her second Best Supporting Actress award for Doubt (2008).

The 2008 Sundance Film Festival saw the release of Sunshine Cleaning, a comedy-drama about two sisters (played by Adams and Emily Blunt) who start a crime scene clean-up business. As with Junebug and Enchanted, Adams' part was that of an upbeat woman; she was attracted to the idea of playing someone who constantly tries to better herself.[49][50] Mick LaSalle of San Francisco Chronicle considered Adams to be "magical", adding that she "gives us a portrait of raging want beneath a veneer of surface diffidence".[51] In the 1939-set screwball comedy Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Adams starred as an aspiring American actress in London who encounters a middle-aged London governess named Miss Perrigrew (played by Frances McDormand). Stephen Holden of The New York Times drew similarities to her role in Enchanted and wrote that the "screen magic" she displays in such endearing roles "hasn't been this intense since the heyday of Jean Arthur".[52] When asked about her being typecast in cheerful roles, Adams said that she responds to characters who chose to be joyful and that she identified with their sense of hope.[53] She however believed that despite certain similarities in their disposition, these characters were vastly different from one another.[54]

Adams next starred in Doubt, an adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's play of the same name. The production tells the story of a Catholic school principal (played by Meryl Streep) who accuses a priest (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) of sexually abusing a pupil; Adams features as an innocent young nun embroiled in the conflict. Shanley initially approached Natalie Portman for the part, but offered Adams the role after finding her innocent, yet intelligent persona similar to that of Ingrid Bergman.[55] Adams identified with her character's ability to find the best in people, and was challenged by her collaboration with Streep and Hoffman.[55] Writing for the Houston Chronicle, Amy Biancolli wrote that Adams "sparks with distressed compassion", and Ann Hornaday noted that she "exudes just the right wide-eyed innocence".[56][57] Adams was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and British Academy Film Award for Best Supporting Actress.[58]

The 2009 fantasy adventure film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, starring Ben Stiller, saw Adams portray the aviator Amelia Earhart. Despite mixed reviews, Adams' work was praised.[59] Director Shawn Levy said that the role allowed her to showcase her acting range, and believed that her presence benefitted the film.[60] Terming her as "a sparkling screen presence", Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune thought that the film "radically improves whenever Amy Adams pops up".[61] That same year, Adams starred in the comedy-drama Julie & Julia as disgruntled government secretary Julie Powell who decides to blog about the recipes in Julia Child's cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking; in a parallel storyline, Meryl Streep portrays Child.[62] Carrie RicKey of The Philadelphia Inquirer thought that the film was "as delicious as French cuisine" and found Adams to be "at her most winsome".[63] Both Night at the Museum and Julie & Julia were commercial successes, with the former earning over $400 million.[64]

Adams began the new decade with a leading role opposite Matthew Goode in the romantic comedy Leap Year (2010), which critic Richard Roeper believed was saved from "truly awful status" by Adams' presence.[65] Her next release of the year—the sports drama The Fighter—was much better received. Directed by David O. Russell, the film tells the story of boxer half-brothers Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund (played by Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, respectively); Melissa Leo played their mother and Adams portrayed Ward's aggressive girlfriend, a barmaid named Charlene Fleming. Russell cast Adams against type to rid her of her girl-next-door image.[54] The role marked a significant departure for her, and she was challenged by Russell's insistence on finding her character's strength in silence.[66] Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal wrote that she's "as tough, tender, smart, and funny as she was ethereal and delightful in Enchanted. What an actress, and what range!"[67] She received Academy, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominations for Best Supporting Actress; she lost the former two to Leo.[68]

The Disney musical The Muppets (2011) starring the eponymous animated characters featured Adams and Jason Segel in live-action roles.[69] Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum remarked that the role marked her return to her "comedian-sweetheart" persona.[70] She also recorded seven songs for the film's soundtrack.[71] The following year, Adams played the Baker's Wife in The Public Theater's revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods, as part of the Shakespeare in the Park festival at the open-air Delacorte Theater. It marked her stage debut in New York and was her first theater appearance in 13 years.[72] She agreed to the month-long production to "take on a challenge that seemed insurmountable", though she was overwhelmed and intimidated by it.[72][73] She prepared with a private singing coach, but her film schedule enabled her to spend only four weeks in rehearsal.[72] Ben Brantley, the theater critic of The New York Times, praised Adams' "lucidly spoken and sung performance" but thought that she had played the role "without the nervy, dissatisfied restlessness the part requires".[74]

Adams took another "fierce woman" part after The Fighter in Paul Thomas Anderson's psychological drama The Master (2012).[75] She played Peggy Dodd, the ruthless and manipulative wife of the leader of a cult (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman). The organization it depicted was deemed to be based on Scientology; Adams considered the comparison to be misleading but was glad for the attention the film brought to it.[75] Although not a believer in method acting, Adams believed that the intense role had left her tense in her personal life.[76] Drawing comparisons to Lady Macbeth's character, the critic Justin Chang believed that Adams' "pertness has rarely seemed so malevolent", and Donald Clarke of The Irish Times commended her for playing the part with "discrete menace".[77][78] John Patterson of The Guardian noted that a scene in which she chastises Hoffman's character while furiously masturbating him was one of the most significant sequences in the film.[54] Adams was nominated for her fourth Academy Award, and also received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for her supporting part.[79]

Clint Eastwood's sports drama Trouble with the Curve, in which she played the estranged daughter of a baseball scout (also played by Eastwood), was Adams' second film release of 2012. She admired Eastwood's "warm and generous" personality and was pleased with the collaboration.[54] She prepared for the part by learning to catch, pitch, and swing from a baseball coach.[54] The film received mixed reviews, and Roger Ebert took note of how Adams had made a standard role seem valuable.[80][81] She also played the brief part of a drug addict in On the Road, an ensemble drama based on Jack Kerouac's novel of the same name.[82]

2013–present: Established actress[edit]

Adams at the premiere of Her at the 2013 New York Film Festival

After losing out on the role of Lois Lane in two previous films about Superman, Adams secured the part in Zack Snyder's 2013 reboot, entitled Man of Steel, starring Henry Cavill as the titular superhero.[83] She played Lane with a mixture of toughness and vulnerability, but Peter Bradshaw thought that the character was "sketchily conceived" and criticized her lack of chemistry with Cavill.[83][84] Despite this, the film earned over $660 million to become one of her biggest box-office hits.[85] She next featured in Her, a drama from the writer-director Spike Jonze about a lonely man (played by Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with an operating system (voiced by Scarlett Johansson); Adams played his close friend. She had unsuccessfully auditioned for Jonze's 2009 film Where the Wild Things Are, and was hired for Her after Jonze looked back at those tapes.[86] Adams was drawn to the idea of portraying a platonic male-female friendship, which she believed was rare in film.[86]

Further success came to Adams when she reteamed with David O. Russell in the crime film American Hustle, co-starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence. Inspired by the 1970s Abscam scandal, the film featured Adams in the rare glamorous part of a seductive con artist, though she played it so that "everything felt justified and it didn’t feel like she was just a sexy sociopath".[86][87] She collaborated closely with Bale to build their characters, and made off-screen suggestions to Russell, including for a scene in which she is aggressively kissed on the lips by her lover's wife (played by Lawrence).[86][87] However, the experience was gruelling for Adams, who later admitted that Russell had been too hard on her and had made her cry frequently; she said that she regretted bringing such a negative experience home to her daughter.[7] American Hustle was acclaimed by critics;[88] Manohla Dargis of The New York Times believed that Adams "goes deeper here than she’s ever been allowed to" and wrote that she had successfully "turn[ed] an unpredictable character into a thrillingly wild one".[89] She won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy and received her fifth Oscar nomination (her first for Best Actress).[90][91] Her and American Hustle were deemed by critics to be among the best films of 2013, and they were both nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.[90][92]

Following an appearance in the poorly received drama Lullaby, Adams starred in Big Eyes (2014), a biopic of the troubled artist Margaret Keane, whose paintings of "big-eyed waifs" were plagiarized by her husband Walter Keane.[93][94] When she was first offered the part a decade ago, she passed on it to avoid playing another naive woman.[95][94] However, the birth of her daughter prompted Adams to find strength in the passive character, and she drew upon experiences in her life where she had not stood up for herself.[95] In preparation, she practiced painting and studied the way Keane worked.[95] Keane was pleased with Adams' portrayal of her.[96] Mark Kermode of The Guardian termed her performance a "potent blend of intuitive fire and sensitive vulnerability".[97] She won a second consecutive Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, and received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress.[98][99]

Adams at an event for Nocturnal Animals in 2016

After a one-year absence from the screen, Adams had three film releases in 2016. She first reprised the role of Lois Lane in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which marked the second installment in the DC Extended Universe after Man of Steel. Despite a negative critical reception for favouring visual effects over a coherent narrative, the film earned over $870 million to rank as her highest-grossing release.[64][100] Her two other releases—the science fiction film Arrival and the psychological thriller Nocturnal Animals—premiered at the year's fall film festivals to positive reviews.[101] Based on Austin Wright's novel Tony and Susan, Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals tells the story of an unhappily married art dealer named Susan (played by Adams), who is traumatized when reading a violent novel written by her ex-husband (played by Jake Gyllenhaal). Adams found little resemblance between herself and her "poised" and "aloof" character, and modelled Susan's personality on that of Ford.[102] Stephanie Zacharek of Time found the film to be visually arresting yet thematically weak, but praised Adams and Gyllenhaal for making their character's pain seem genuine.[103]

Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve and based on Ted Chiang's short story "Story of Your Life", ranks among the most acclaimed films of Adams' career.[104] The film tells the story of Louise Banks, a linguist (played by Adams), who experiences strange visions when she is hired by the American government to interpret the language of extraterrestrials. She was drawn to the idea of playing an intelligent female lead and connected with the film's theme of unity and compassion.[105] Writing for The Atlantic, Christoper Orr deemed Adams' performance to be "mesmerizingly open, by turns uplifting and sorrowful", and Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times believed that the film was a "showcase for her ability to quietly and effectively meld intelligence, empathy and reserve".[106][107] Arrival was a commercial success, earning over $200 million against a $47 million budget.[108] Adams received her sixth BAFTA nomination and seventh Golden Globe nomination, both in the Best Actress category.[109][110] Several publications expressed disappointment over her failure to gain an Oscar nomination for it.[111]

Upcoming projects[edit]

As of September 2017, Adams has four upcoming projects. She will play Lois Lane for the third time in Justice League, following which she will return to television for Sharp Objects, an HBO miniseries based on Gillian Flynn’s thriller novel of the same name. She will serve as an executive producer for the series and star as Camille Preaker, a disgruntled reporter who returns to her hometown to cover the murder of two young girls.[112][113] Adams has also committed to star as Lynne Cheney in Adam McKay's biopic of the 46th Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney, entitled Backseat, which will mark her third collaboration with Christian Bale.[114] In addition, she will reprise the role of Giselle in Disenchanted, a sequel to Enchanted.[115]

Personal life[edit]

Adams at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2015

In 2001, Adams began dating actor and artist Darren Le Gallo, whom she met in an acting class.[3] Adams and Le Gallo became engaged in April 2008.[116][117] They have a daughter together, Aviana Olea Le Gallo, born on May 15, 2010.[118][119] On May 2, 2015, she married Le Gallo in California.[120]

In the media[edit]

In 2014, Adams was named one of 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.[121] She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.[122]

In 2012, Adams was made the face of a women's fragrance for the French luxury brand Lacoste.[123] In July 2014, Adams was named the face of Max Mara's accessories campaign.[124] In October 2015, Max Mara premiered the “A” bag, a new line of handbag inspired by and dedicated to Adams.[125][126]

Acting credits and awards[edit]

Adams' most acclaimed and highest-grossing films, according to the online portal Box Office Mojo and the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, include Catch Me If You Can (2002), Junebug (2005), Enchanted (2007), Doubt (2008), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), Julie & Julia (2009), The Fighter (2010), The Muppets (2011), The Master (2012), Man of Steel (2013), Her (2013), American Hustle (2013), Big Eyes (2014), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Arrival (2016), and Nocturnal Animals (2016).[64][104] Among her stage roles, she has appeared in The Public Theater's revival of Into the Woods in 2012.[74]

Adams has been nominated for five Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Junebug (2005), Doubt (2008), The Fighter (2010), and The Master (2012); and Best Actress for American Hustle (2013). She has twice won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for American Hustle (2013) and Big Eyes (2014) and has been nominated five more times: Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for Enchanted (2007); Best Supporting Actress for Doubt (2008), The Fighter (2010), and The Master (2012); and Best Actress in a Drama for Arrival (2016).

Discography[edit]

Soundtrack appearances
Year Soundtrack Song Label
2007 Enchanted "True Love's Kiss" Walt Disney Records
"Happy Working Song"
"That's How You Know"
2008 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day "If I Didn't Care" Varèse Sarabande
2011 The Muppets "Life's a Happy Song" Walt Disney Records
"Me Party"
"Life's a Happy Song Finale"

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