Hol­ly­wood takes break from scan­dal to honour Amy Adams

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIONAL -

Adams's award was a wel­come mo­ment of lev­ity in a dif­fi­cult week of soul-search­ing in Hol­ly­wood

HOL­LY­WOOD, Nov 11 (AFP) - Scan­dal-hit Hol­ly­wood left its woes be­hind Fri­day to honour Amy Adams for a glit­ter­ing ca­reer that has seen her go from wait­ress to five-time Os­car nom­i­nee.

The 43-year-old -- fa­mous for the diversity of her film roles -told AFP ahead of be­ing pre­sented with the 31st Amer­i­can Cine­math­eque Award that her proudest mo­ment was her first nod for 2005 com­edy “Junebug.” “It re­ally de­pends where I am in my life, but right now I'm look­ing for films with a spe­cific mes­sage,” she said on the red car­pet in Bev­erly Hills as she weighed her 18-year ca­reer.

“It can be very sub­tle, but I want it to mean some­thing to me and move me for­ward in my life.” A host of A-lis­ters paid trib­ute to Adams in a rare cel­e­bra­tion at the end of a week which has seen the in­dus­try tar­nished by un­prece­dented al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

“I'm al­ways happy when I show up at work and she's there,” Michael Shan­non, who starred along­side Adams in 2016 neo-noir thriller “Noc­tur­nal An­i­mals,” as well as two “Su­per­man” movies, told AFP.

“I've never seen her be any­thing but hard-work­ing and easy to be around.” Adams's four other Os­car nom­i­na­tions were for best ac­tress in “Amer­i­can Hus­tle” and sup­port­ing-ac­tress roles for “Doubt,” “The Fighter” and “The Mas­ter” -- but she has never won the cov­eted stat­uette. “I think Amy and I have the same at­ti­tude about it. We just feel for­tu­nate that we're a part of this busi­ness to be­gin with,” two-time Os­car nom­i­nee Shan­non told AFP. Adams's award was a wel­come mo­ment of lev­ity in a dif­fi­cult week of soul-search­ing in Hol­ly­wood, which has seen the Har­vey We­in­stein sex­ual mis­con­duct scan­dal ex­pand to en­ve­lope Os­car-win­ner Kevin Spacey and comic ac­tor Louis C.K. “It's sad that peo­ple have been hurt and I'm glad that some­thing is be­ing done about it,” said Shan­non, 43. Adams's movie cred­its have in­cluded awards sea­son fa­vorites such as “Ar­rival” and box-of­fice smashes such as “En­chanted” and “Man of Steel.” She won Golden Globes for her work in “Amer­i­can Hus­tle” and “Big Eyes.” Adams was pre­sented with the Amer­i­can Cine­math­eque Award for “mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the art of the mo­tion pic­ture” by “Doubt” co-star Meryl Streep. Among those ex­pected to at­tend the star-stud­ded event at the plush Bev­erly Hil­ton were Tom Hanks, Jake Gyl­len­haal, Chris Messina, Kris­ten Ste­wart and Natalie Port­man.

Adams was raised in a Mor­mon fam­ily in Colorado -one of seven chil­dren, all of whom, she says, liked to act.

She did not tread the boards in high school, but took a job at a theater where she worked as a wait­ress.

It was not un­til she moved to Min­nesota that a pro­ducer saw her in the cho­rus line of “Any­thing Goes.” Her first film role was as Les­lie in “Drop Dead Gor­geous” (1999), which tells the story of girls in a Min­nesota town com­pet­ing in a beauty pageant.

Her co-star in the film, Kirstie Al­ley, rec­og­nized her star power and urged her to move to Los Angeles.

Vil­leneuve, who di­rected Adams in “Ar­rival,” told AFP he was cap­ti­vated by her per­for­mance in “The Mas­ter,” Paul Thomas An­der­son's ac­claimed 2012 psy­cho­log­i­cal drama.

“I thought what she did in this movie is unique in her fil­mog­ra­phy. It was quite strik­ing,” he said.

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