Despite her relatively young age, Amy Adams has already earned six career Oscar nominations. On January 22, 2019 the 44-year-old actress received her latest bid for playing Lynne Cheney in the political comedy “Vice.” This marks her fifth nom in Best Supporting Actress in addition to one prior notice in Best Actress. Will Adams finally win an Academy Award this year, or will she become a six-time also-ran? Get a closer look at Adams’ six Oscar nominations by clicking through our photo gallery above.
“Junebug” (2005) — Adams started down her Oscar road with the indie film “Junebug.” In the film, she played Ashley, a chipper woman who gets pregnant with her husband in the hope of saving their marriage. Adams earned a slew of Best Supporting Actress prizes, including the Critics’ Choice Award, and scored her first Oscar nomination, the sole representative for “Junebug.” Despite her critical acclaim, she lost the Academy Award to Rachel Weisz in “The Constant Gardener.” Who knew that 13 years later the two would be facing off yet again, for “Vice” and “The Favourite,” respectively?
“Doubt” (2008) — Oscar voters made a habit of nominating Adams every two years starting with 2008’s “Doubt.” In the star-studded film, she played Sister James, a naive Catholic schoolteacher who suspects inappropriate conduct between a priest and a student. Adams was nominated in various places but did not win anything major, often nominated with her co-star, Viola Davis. At the Oscars, both were nominated for Best Supporting Actress but they lost to Penelope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”
“The Fighter” (2010) — Adams was honored with another co-star for her next nominated film, “The Fighter.” Portraying Charlene Fleming, girlfriend of boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), Adams got to shed her innocent persona to play a cursing, no-nonsense woman who stands up for herself. While Adams earned praise for playing so strongly against type, her co-star, Melissa Leo, campaigned heavily for herself and ultimately overshadowed Adams, winning Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and ultimately the Oscars.
“The Master” (2012) — The fourth Best Supporting Actress nomination for Adams came in the form of “The Master,” in which she played a Lady Macbeth type of figure, Peggy Dodd, the wife of a spiritual leader. Adams won critics’ prizes for her performance, from the Los Angeles Film Critics, Chicago Film Critics and more and racked up dozens of nominations. However, she was unable to overcome Anne Hathaway in “Les Miserables,” who completely dominated Best Supporting Actress in 2012.
“American Hustle” (2013) — At last, the time had come for Adams to earn her long overdue Best Actress nomination. “American Hustle” found Adams teaming up with David O. Russell again to star as Sydney Prosser, a con artist posing as a British aristocrat. The role earned Adams her first Golden Globe and then her first Best Actress nomination at the Oscars. She lost in the end to Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine,” another unstoppable performance that won just about everywhere.
“Vice” (2018) — After a few years of awards prospects that did not translate to Oscar nominations, like “Big Eyes” and “Arrival,” Adams is finally back in the race again with “Vice,” her sixth nomination. Sharing some similarities with her character in “The Master,” Adams co-stars as Lynne Cheney, strong-willed wife of Dick Cheney, marking her third collaboration with Christian Bale. Thus far in the race, Adams has lost the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award to Regina King for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” but the latter is not nominated at SAG or BAFTA while Adams is, opening up a window for her to gain momentum. This race also finds her facing off against Weisz again, coming full circle from where Oscar attention began for both actresses. Most of Adams’ nominated performances have been women in supporting positions: the sweet, pregnant woman, the tough-as-nails girlfriend, the plotting wife, all of them overlooked or underestimated. Is it possible that Adams could break away from that bridesmaid status and finally get overdue recognition from the academy?