best film: As 2012 gets smaller in rearview mirror, it becomes clearer that The Master is one of the best films of the 21st century. It is easily the best film Amy Adams has been a part of. The closest contenders (and there is some distance here) are Spike Jonze’s Her and David O. Russell’s American Hustle.
best performance: American Hustle and this is highly debatable with her work in Arrival, The Fighter The Master and even Junebug which was her big coming out in 2005 (after stealing some scenes from Leo in Catch Me If You Can in 2002). Her role in American Hustle is complex – a showcase role. She is pairing accents with a character going through changes and being dishonest with other characters for large parts of the film. This is her one lead nomination among her many.
stylistic innovations/traits: Many of her roles/films feature her trademark wide-eyed optimism or naiveté. This is warranted and she is superb at playing this type of character (Doubt, Enchanted, Junebug, Catch Me If You Can) but she can show her versatility by playing against type as well just fine (The Fighter, American Hustle, Nocturnal Animals). She certainly has the respect of the academy with six Oscar nominations. Her depth is a strength here. One could easily argue any number of a half dozen other performances (Her stands out as another worth praising outside of her top five- and this one came in her best single year : 2013) belong on that top five list below. She has fourteen (14) archiveable films already.
directors worked with: David O. Russell (2), Adam McKay (2), and then once with Steven Spielberg (1), Paul Thomas Anderson (1), Mike Nichols (1), Spike Jonze (1), Denis Villeneuve (1) and Joe Wright (1)
top five performances:
- American Hustle
- The Fighter
- The Master
|2002- Catch Me If You Can|
|2006- Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby|
|2007- Charlie Wilson’s War|
|2010- The Fighter|
|2012- The Master|
|2013- American Hustle|
|2016- Nocturnal Animals|
|2021- The Woman in the Window|