October 11, 2018 at 2:08 pm #1202650922
Inspired by the recent post about Glenn Close’s work, another overdue actress is possibly an item in this year’s awards season as well. What’s your favorite Amy Adams Oscar-nominated role? When should she have won based on her competition, and when was she most likely to win?
Favorite Performance: The Master
When She Should Have Won: The Fighter
Most Likely: Doubt/The MasterOctober 11, 2018 at 2:31 pm #1202650925
More analysis of competition:
Junebug: I’m not too sure here, because she was really a brand-new name and didn’t even get nominated for any major precursors, but the performance was there and she had a pretty large critical backing; being in such a low-key film probably hurt her a lot, I would guess that she was third below Michelle Williams because Williams was in a similar position yet also in a way bigger film that was a BP contender. Although, who knows how much love the Academy would give to Keener and McDormand? Based on their respective roles, I don’t see an incentive to vote for them; Keener’s performance wasn’t there and skated on the coattails of Capote, McDormand was sort of a name-check with a good performance but it was too soon and the wrong role for a second Oscar. Rachel Weisz was the most logical choice here albeit she didn’t give the best performance of the category in my opinion, but I don’t begrudge her win.
Doubt: This was a weird category because after Kate Winslet vacated, we were only left with Penelope Cruz winning BAFTA. She was the front-runner (probably not by a whole lot though), and my guess is that Amy came second over Viola because she picked up a BAFTA nom and Viola didn’t. Vote-splitting definitely hurt the both of them, but I don’t see Marisa Tomei or Taraji P. Henson being real threats in this category either.
The Fighter: Not my favorite nominated performance, and she probably wasn’t super close to winning here, but based on the narratives and performances of the other nominees, everything really should have coalesced for a win here. Melissa Leo had the weaker performance, Steinfeld was category fraud and just not likely to win at all due to her age (but some said she would prevail over Leo still), Bonham Carter was probably a real threat because of BAFTA but I guess the Academy was focusing more on Firth, and Weaver probably gave the most legitimate performance in this DOA category but was in a foreign film that was way too under-the-radar to win. Amy was already building up support from being fairly close with two other nominations before, and why they chose Melissa Leo I’ll never know. I can’t figure out her placement here, she could be anywhere from second to fourth, only above Weaver.
The Master: My favorite performance of hers, in a role almost destined to be upstaged by Hoffman and Phoenix she leaves an indelible mark with little screentime and owns the film in every scene. This was when she really started to show her skill as an actress, using her eyes and body language to her advantage even when she has little dialogue. She can broadcast the tensions and feelings in a room with just a quick shot of the camera, and it’s genius. She was probably second here, because she was really getting into overdue territory, and the only real threat I see here is Sally Field because she was in a BP nominated historical film portraying a real historical figure and it was sort of a “comeback” role as she hadn’t been nominated since the 80’s, but I’m still pretty confident she was second to Hathaway here, Helen Hunt and Jacki Weaver were in no way a threat this year.
American Hustle: First of all, I don’t know why people say this was such a weak year for Best Actress; this was one of the strongest years in recent memory, and Amy definitely gave a tour-de-force performance, elevating a film that otherwise was just okay (for me.) All five of the actresses were insane this year, and all of them would deserve an Oscar in another year, but Blanchett gave one of the best performances ever put to film and there’s no way that anyone could have or should have taken her down. I think that because Adams was still overdue here, she was probably third behind Bullock, although who knows how the Academy felt about Streep and Dench at that time.October 11, 2018 at 2:37 pm #1202650927
I think the year that she was close to a win was in 2006 for Junebug.
Junebug – I think she was fantastic in that movie. Some people argue that she was robbed but i think Rachel Weisz was very worthy of her win, so i would be happy with one of them winning. Michelle Williams for Brokeback Mountain was also very strong. So i think in the end was just a matter of preference and i guess the academy loved Weisz more.
Doubt – I never truly understood the ravings about this performance sure she was good but there is no way that she was near a win. I think that if Winslet had competed in supporting for The Reader i don’t think she would have made the cut. I loved all of the other four more. For me she was definitely the weakest that year.
The Fighter – For me one of her best performances to date. I liked her much more than Leo. But academy sometimes prefer the showy over the subtle. Still my favourite performance didn’t even make the cut. It was Mila Kunis for Black Swan.
The Master – ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!! But unfortunately she never stood a chance of winning. Anne Hathaway didn’t have much competition that year, except Field and Adams. But like i said Hathaway had it in the bag from the beginning and she deserved it. She was in a different league. That ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ solo completely destroyed me.
American Hustle – Once again a nomination that i find very underwhelming. Her performance in the movie didn’t light me in any way. I think she was very submissive and i think Jennifer Lawrence was more charismatic in it. Emma Thompson, Brie Larson and Adèle Exarchopoulos were all much more deserving of the nomination.
Arrival – A snub that i will never understand. Without a doubt one of her best roles and her best movie to date. She and Annette Bening should have been nominated instead of Meryl and Ruth.October 11, 2018 at 2:55 pm #1202650936
Sharp Objects.October 11, 2018 at 3:24 pm #1202650950
I would say Sharp Objects, but if we’re talking only about movies I would say it’s not even close with The Master.October 11, 2018 at 3:40 pm #1202650959
ENCHANTED jkOctober 11, 2018 at 3:54 pm #1202650963
Her role in Arrival is one of the biggest snub of all time and will be remembered for that in the history of the Academy. It’s also her best film yet. She was robbed by Ruth that year because they wanted a black actress so badly in the lineup.October 11, 2018 at 4:03 pm #1202650968
What was interesting about the 2016 Best Actress race was that two of the actual nominees probably had their chances of getting recognized elevated from their presence at the Golden Globes. When Meryl finished her epic speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award, she pretty much earned her slot in the top five. When Isabelle Huppert pulled that upset win for Best Drama Actress, that probably put her more on the Academy members radar.
I think what it ultimately came down to was that the members of the acting branch that didn’t nominate Amy Adams probably felt that she was so safe, that she didn’t need their support. So therefore, they were apparently able to make more room for Huppert, Streep, and Ruth Negga (who I was actually thrilled to see recognized).October 11, 2018 at 5:01 pm #1202650995
None of the options provided are her best (Sharp Objects, Enchanted, and the 1-2 punch of Arrival and Nocturnal Animals), but of the list given, definitely The Master.October 11, 2018 at 5:07 pm #1202650998
First off, Sharp Objects definitely is her best performance of all time. Honestly, the show sort of dragged for me and because it was such an incredibly slow burn I was thinking the whole time that it would work better as a movie. I would consider her a lock to be a serious contender for Best Actress at the Oscars this year if it were a film, and it’ll be a true travesty if she doesn’t get an Emmy.
Secondly, she was definitely snubbed for Arrival, but I’m conflicted because even if she gave one of the best performances of the year, all of the other actresses had valid narratives as mentioned above. So, even if I wholeheartedly disagree with the snub, I understand.
What I never see mentioned is how she was snubbed at both the Oscars and SAG for Big Eyes. She won a Golden Globe, was BAFTA-nominated, and had a damn good performance that I feel like the Academy would usually go for. How did she miss the nomination when that year was so weak? I would revamp that year to Rosamund Pike, Anne Dorval, Marion Cotillard, Amy Adams, and maybe ScarJo, Moore for Maps to the Stars, Agata Trzebuckowska, Reese Witherspoon or Jessica Chastain in the last slot. Of course, I guess every year you could think of better nominees, but they seemed to choose the most safe and dull ones that year.October 11, 2018 at 5:08 pm #1202650999
And also to clarify, I did mean that this poll was for her best Oscar-nominated roles; otherwise, Arrival, Nocturnal Animals, Sharp Objects, and Enchanted would all easily be up there.October 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm #1202651019
I don’t think she’ll ever top The Master.October 11, 2018 at 7:06 pm #1202651044
<p>And also to clarify, I did mean that this poll was for her best Oscar-nominated roles; otherwise, Arrival, Nocturnal Animals, Sharp Objects, and Enchanted would all easily be up there.</p>
Nocturnal Animals for me. I mean dat ending. But of list: The MasterOctober 11, 2018 at 7:45 pm #1202651058
It’s definitely The Master, and I agree with Bee, she may never top it. Acting just doesn’t get any better than the trio of that movie.
I know you just did her nominated performances but if the question is when was she at her best, Arrival and Enchanted are probably her 2nd and 3rd best performances.
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