Amy Adams | American Hustle
Well, we are counting down the final week until the Oscars are finally going to be on television this Sunday. In this final week, Chris, Ryan, and I are going to be covering the biggest three awards left; starting today, with best actress in a leading role. I thought that this category was definitely strong for 2013; featuring Amy Adams for American Hustle, Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine, Sandra Bullock for Gravity, Judi Dench in Philomena, and Meryl Streep in August: Osage County.
I haven’t seen Meryl Streep’s performance yet, but was really impressed with everyone else. I thought that Sandra Bullock put on a great performance in Alfonso Cuarόn’s visual spectacle, Gravity, as she navigated alone through space with limited air and minimal resources. For a movie that took place in mostly silent settings and featured one character, Bullock really carried the film along nicely and kept me very interested and curious to discover whether she would survive or not. Judi Dench was cute in Philomena and definitely nailed the role, but I just felt like her performance didn’t totally jump out at me. Judi Dench was good, but I just felt that the movie worked better as a whole.
This leaves me with two final candidates; Cate Blanchett and Amy Adams. Blanchett is fantastic in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, and really captures the feelings and change that her character is experiencing in her terrible situation. Her performance really displays how people can have their lifestyle flipped upside down in a moment, and I thought she carried Blue Jasmine, which otherwise, was just a good movie, nothing great.
Amy Adams though, really blew me away in American Hustle. For a movie that was driven by a fun and wild plot, she seemed to start the uncontrollable madness that ensued as soon as she discovered that Irving ripped people off. In a movie that was filled with an all-star cast, big and small, Adams really stuck out for the whole duration of the film. I just was blown away with her ability to constantly switch personalities, moods, and styles. She’s the prize that everyone wants and Adams really brings it to this role, being probably the most important character of the entire story. All of the actresses in this category gave great performances, but Amy Adams really stuck out more than the others and showed off her diverse acting ability by stepping into the strange but awesome character of Sydney Prosser in David O. Russell’s American Hustle.
Who did you like the most in this category? Let me know!