Happy birthday Amy Adams! A look back at her five best roles.
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With 5 Oscar nominations, 2 Golden Globe wins and a box office revenue of upwards of $2 billion, Amy Adams is arguably one of the greatest and most successful actresses of her generation. Her versatility as an actress is almost unparalleled; even the great Meryl Streep referred to her as ‘a woman of many imaginative gifts’ in the tribute she penned for her. Adams’ mesmerizing performances deserve unlimited recognition, so let’s take a look at her top 5 greatest roles. 5. American Hustle (2013) This was the film that garnered Adams her first Oscar nomination for Best Leading Actress, having already been nominated 4 times for Best Supporting Actress. Although she sadly lost out to Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine, it does not negate the fact that Adams' performance in the film was simply phenomenal. She stars as Sydney Prosser alongside Christian Bale as two con artists/lovers who are forced by FBI agent, Bradley Cooper to set up an elaborate sting operation against Mayor Polito, played by Jeremy Renner. The film was widely praised and received Oscar nods for Bale, Adams, Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in the four main acting categories, but it is definitely Adams’ performance that stands out. 4. Big Eyes (2014) Tim Burton’s American biographical drama told the story of a husband taking credit for his wife’s work, an idea that will be played out later this year in Keira Knightly's film Colette. Adams plays introverted artist Margaret Keane whose mesmerizing paintings of big-eyed children caught worldwide attention in the 50s and 60s. Her husband Walter, Christoph Waltz decides to sell them under his own name after convincing Margaret that as a better salesman than her, he would therefore be able to make them both more money. The film follows Adams’ character as she finds her feet and stands up for herself, taking her husband to trial and ultimately achieving the recognition that was denied her for years. It is a heart-warming and immensely satisfying story made all the more enjoyable by Adams remarkable and endearing performance. 3. Enchanted (2007)
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