What will it take for Amy Adams to win an Oscar?
In February of last year, film critic Jon Adams tweeted: “Thinking about how Amy Adams never received the industry-level Leonardo DiCaprio story of being ‘robbed’ or” late “for an Oscar despite accumulating more nominations in a shorter period of time and delivering better performance”. Assuming that a “like” implies a tacit agreement, about 59,000 Twitter users thought so too.
This year, all 59,000 of them, to give or to take, have made their wish come true: after receiving not one but two nominations at the 2019 Golden Globes, and not having won any category, Amy Adams took over the same underdog momentum that DiCaprio just gained. before winning the Oscar for best actor for The ghost.
It would appear that Twitter, like God, loves a judge, and while most aspects of the Hollywood game feel unfairly weighted towards men, defeating a five-time loser at the Oscars is a quest for equal opportunity. Except: this year, if Amy Adams ends up with a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for her role in the unglamorous film and not particularly well rated Biography of Dick Cheney, Vice, and loses, it will have been forgotten a total of six time.
In 2016, at the age of 41, Leo won his sixth try, receiving the award he should have deserved as Jordan Belfort in the wolf of Wall Street (ask me, after several drinks and with 15 minutes free, my opinion on the subject; ask me in advance, and I may do a PowerPoint.) Adams, same age and later in the 20-year-old industry, has cracked nominations faster, meaning its lack of wins has suddenly spread to its supporters over the internet, at high speed. Her biggest fans might say this is how Amy Adams usually sneaks up on you: quietly, unexpectedly, then all at once. “She’s not very spectacular in real life. She’s just sort of… there, ”said Paul Thomas Anderson GARAGE magazine, about her work with Amy Adams in The master. “Turn on the camera and it lights a really big fireworks display.” It’s a gigantic explosion of talent, skill, creativity and charisma… She is my favorite, as you can see.
A director like Paul Thomas Anderson doesn’t call a resting actress low-key to make a point of her appearance or her charisma, but to emphasize how she completely disappears in her role when the camera rolls. Other men have noted this quiet mutability of Adams with less elegance. “Women no longer need to be beautiful to express their talent,” wrote Stephen Marche, in a widely mocked speech. Squire profile of actress Megan “not an ancient Aztec“Fox.” Lena Dunham and Adele and Lady Gaga and Amy Adams are all perfectly straightforward, and they’re all on top of their realm. ”Believing that Amy Adams, who was cast as a live-action Disney princess in Nice to meet you, is “perfectly simple” is to adhere to the idea bordering on madness that to be a true leading actress, one must also be in permanent and showy exhibition.
Google “candid Amy Adams” and the image of her as an indifferent mom to inject disproportionate glamor into everyday wears. Like DiCaprio, who rarely sits down for interviews, and whose Instagram happens to be filled with activism rather than hot girls on yachts, his private life feels like that rare thing: something private. Both, when offscreen, stay largely out of sight and out of mind. It’s possible that it doesn’t grab the attention of those who vote for awards in the same way that, say, tell the world about your suitcase full of anal plugs.
There’s another, more controversial reason that Amy Adams may not have won an Oscar is that she may not have had a chance to win it yet. Personally, I – very personally! – I do not agree with John Adams that Amy Adams “delivered[ed] better performance ”than Leonardo DiCaprio, although it certainly delivered good ones. It doesn’t help, however, that most of the prestige roles she’s held are those of women supporting or loving men: patient wives, clever crook mistresses, mothers inexplicably deciding to let Jeremy Renner impregnate them (twice too. , in Doubt and in Julie and Julia, she appeared alongside a particularly Meryl-Streep-y Meryl Streep.) In The master she is beatific and mysterious and sometimes quietly threatening; She also happens to be flanked by Joaquin Phoenix and the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman, which makes her role as the heavily pregnant wife of a secondary cult leader by comparison.
A TIME a 2015 study found, as if most women didn’t already know, that while acting careers peak on average around age 30 and begin to decline rapidly at age 35, male actors reach their peak around age 46. Until the average age of 51, they stay there. This may help explain why Jennifer Lawrence, who is currently 28, played women in her thirties three times for David O. Russell, who said of her – scary and a little silly – that “Bradley Cooper and I say, “Is she 10 or 50?” She’s both, and that’s something special. ” There can be 100 people in a room who don’t believe that a 25-year-old can play the part of a middle-aged mother of two, but it only takes Bradley Cooper and David O. Russell to convince audiences that she can.
No wonder, then, that an actress in her 40s in the Adams mold – neither an ingenuous nor a fully established powerhouse to the Julianne Moore or Meryl Streep – might struggle to land an Oscar-worthy role with real courage. His loss of the Golden Globe this year for Sharp objects maybe felt so keenly by those who worship her because she wasn’t a wife or a parent there, but a fucked up girl with a mother like the devil, a smart train wreck with gorgeous hair in some something written by a woman, especially loved by women, and so feminine in style that it didn’t matter if she was run by a man.
Perversely, I’m not sure Amy Adams was ever better in a role than she was as Princess Giselle in Nice to meet you, a film aimed at children with a curious, at times sardonic vibe, best suited for adults: hysterical due to playing her completely upright sweet non-worldly, she adds a sly jerk of subversion to what might have been otherwise sweet and sickly. “What she brought in,” director Kevin Lima said, “and what I was looking for all the time was someone who didn’t judge the naivety of the character, an actor who could disappear into the role and never wink at the role while they were playing it [and] never thought what they were doing was ridiculous. And she was a revelation. If DiCaprio can win an Oscar for The ghost In compensation for the mistake of the previous year, it seems to me quite reasonable that this year – unless Olivia Colman exists – Amy Adams could be retroactively rewarded for her services at Disney. Otherwise: there is always 2020, and Nice to meet youthe long-awaited sequel.
This article originally appeared on iD UK.