March 7, 2014 at 10:35 pm #146031
Annette Bening is an incredible actress yet I can say that in my personal voting, I never once ranked her as the best.
– 1990, Supporting, The Grifters — Ranked behind winner, Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost).
– 1999, Lead, American Beauty — Ranked behind winner, Hilary Swank (Bous Don’t Cry).
– 2004, Lead, Being Julia — Ranked second behind Kate Winslet (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
– 2010, Lead, The Kids Are All Right — Ranked second behind winner, Natalie Portman (Black Swan).
But today I had the thought, “Would I have ever objectively ranked Adams first? Or has she always, like Bening, fallen behind someone else in terms of giving the best performance? For me, the answer is an astounding “YES, I would have voted for her for Junebug.”
2013 Lead Actress
1. Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
2. Sandra Bullock, Gravity
3. Judi Dench, Philomena
4. Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
5. Amy Adams, American Hustle
2012 Supp. Actress
1. Anne Hathaway, Les Miz
2. Helen Hunt, The Sessions
3. Sally Field, Lincoln
4. Amy Adams, The Master
5. Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
2010 Supp. Actress
1. Melissa Leo, The Fighter
2. Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
3. Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
4. Amy Adams, The Fighter
5. Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
2008 Supp. Actress
1. Viola Davis, Doubt
2. Amy Adams, Doubt
3. Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
4. Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
n/a. Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
2005 Supp. Actress
1. Amy Adams, Junebug
2. Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain
3. Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener
4. Catherine Keener, Capote
5. Frances McDormand, North CountryMarch 7, 2014 at 11:02 pm #146033
I also always go back and forth between Williams, Weisz, and Adams for supporting actress in 2005. So I wouldn’t have minded a win from her for Junebug.March 7, 2014 at 11:58 pm #146034
I’d say her performances in The Master and The Fighter were better than the winners of those two years(Hathaway and Leo),but I haven’t seen all of the nominees so I can’t really say she should’ve won.Her performance in The Master was very subtle and quiet so it was easily overlooked,but she handled the role exquisitely.And she was just effortlessly natural in The Fighter.
Her performance in Junebug was definitely win worthy,but Weisz was also brilliant in The Constant Gardener,either of them would make a great winner.
On the other hand,in those years where I didn’t think she was better than the winners or among the greatest,she was never the weakest of the line-ups either,imo.She’s ranked higher than Meryl on my list this year,and better than P. Henson in 2008.
For 2007,I haven’t seen all of the nominees that year so I can’t say I’d choose Amy over Christie or Page,but she was great in Enchanted for sure.That’s her iconic role and would be remembered for a long time.March 8, 2014 at 12:18 am #146035
I would’ve voted for her for ‘The Fighter’, and of the nominees in 2012, I would’ve voted for her for ‘The Master’ too. I had her ranked 2nd behind Rachel Weisz in 2005.March 8, 2014 at 12:57 am #146036
Well, I loved her in Catch Me If You Can. I laughed at her in Doubt and The Master, loved her in The Fighter and Junebug, although I’m not a huge fan of the latter film. She’s very good in American Hustle but I wouldnt give her the win for it.
Her time is coming and fast.March 8, 2014 at 1:32 am #146037
Should have won for ‘Junebug’ but I voted that she should have ben nommed for ‘Enchanted’.
Her best perf by far.March 8, 2014 at 2:45 am #146038
She was the most deserving for Junebug, but Weisz and Williams are also very fine. So is Keener’s Harper Lee actually, but not for the win. 2012 is a hard year for me – Helen Hunt gives the fullest, most well-rounded performance but she’s clear category fraud, and should be in the lead category. I have reservations with Anne Hathaway in Les Mis – it’s affecting, but so in-your-face and desperately searching for profundity that it risks verging on self-parody. Amy Adams and Sally Field would’ve been equally deserving winners for highly contrasting strong-willed and manipulative wives.
Actually I think Adams’s richest performance is in American Hustle, but then she was up against La Blanchette!March 8, 2014 at 4:29 am #146039
Her performance in “Junebug” is one of the best supporting performances ever. She should have won that one by a landslide. Also she should have been nominated for “Enchanted” and honestly, I would have probably given her a win too. These are the only nominations (and wins) I give her.March 8, 2014 at 4:43 am #146040
Out of her nominated performances..I only ranked her the best
in 2010 for THE FIGHTER…March 8, 2014 at 5:50 am #146041
well i would vote for her every year she was nominated for sure, except this year of courseMarch 8, 2014 at 6:12 am #146042
She should have won for JUNEBUG fairly easily. The film was kind of weak but she was so amazing.
She should’ve been nominated for Enchanted as well.
I also do want to comment on her work in Catch Me If You Can. It was brief but it was the first time I ever saw her in anything and I found her to be so sweet and charming. I wouldn’t have minded had she got more notice for that film.
As for Doubt and American Hustle, she wouldn’t have been my first choice.
I would have to rewatch the nominees the year of The Fighter but there is a chance she may be my choice that year.
So, yes, she is an easy 1st place for JUNEBUG despite strong competition from Williams and Weisz.March 8, 2014 at 6:16 am #146043
She always deserved the nominations she recieved, but there’s always been another performance that deserved to win. I thought she was brilliant in The Master, but Hathaway was just as deserving.
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Of her nominations she was my favorite for The Master, but she should have won for Enchanted. Talk about a robbed nomination.March 8, 2014 at 7:37 am #146045
Always a bridesmaid. She usually delivers the goods, but never comes out on top. Her last two nominations were not my favorite, and I was genuinely surprised she was even nominated.March 8, 2014 at 7:47 am #146046
She should’ve won for Junebug. I didn’t rank her as the best because I’m not sure I saw the movie before the ceremony, but ever since I saw it and becuase I never found Rachel Weisz deserving, I think she should’ve won.
I don’t think she was a winner for Doubt or The Fighter, but a deserving nominee for both.
I’m not so sure about her nomination for The Master.
I was sort of ok with her not being nominated for American Hustle back when we thought it was a possibility. But I’m glad she was in the end.
I prefer her being nominated for Enchanted instead of Blanchett.