Amy Adams will likely be contending at next year’s Primetime Emmy Awards for “Sharp Objects,” and she’s a potential Oscar contender for her supporting role in “Vice,” but she’s got a couple of stops to make in the months leading up to them. One of them is the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January. She has previously earned four individual nominations for her work in film, and she won in 2013 as a member of the ensemble of “American Hustle,” but either “Sharp Objects” or “Vice” (or both) could earn Adams her very first individual SAG victory.
In HBO’s critically-acclaimed adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2006 debut novel, Adams plays Camille Preaker, an emotionally troubled reporter who returns to her hometown to cover the murders of two young girls. Helen Holmes (Observer) writes that Adams gives “an instant classic workaholic anti-hero performance reminiscent of ‘Mad Men’s’ Don Draper and ‘Homeland’s’ Carrie Mathison.” Alison Willmore (BuzzFeed News) adds, “Adams is unsurprisingly great in her first TV role in over a decade.”
Adams could also earn two additional nominations (one individually, the other as a member of the ensemble) on the film side for Adam McKay’s upcoming biopic “Vice.” The movie follows Dick Cheney (played by Christian Bale) in his political rise to become arguably one of the most powerful vice presidents in American history. Adams plays his wife, Lynne Cheney.
The year Adams earned her very first Oscar nomination in 2005 for “Junebug,” she also received her first SAG nomination for that same film. While Rachel Weisz won both of those accolades that year for “The Constant Gardener,” Adams returned three years later not only with an individual nomination for her supporting role in “Doubt,” but also her first nomination in the ensemble category for that same movie. She ended up losing the individual award to Kate Winslet for “The Reader,” who ironically wound up winning the Oscar for that role as a lead. And the prize for the best cast went too “Slumdog Millionaire.”
In 2010 Adams returned with nominations in those same two categories for “The Fighter.” But she had to settle for being a bridesmaid to her co-star Melissa Leo at both the SAG Awards and the Oscars, and SAG preferred the ensemble cast of “The King’s Speech.” Then she won with the “American Hustle” cast in 2013, but she was snubbed in the lead-acting race for that film. And in 2016 Adams earned her very first lead nomination at SAG for her performance in “Arrival,” only to come up short to Emma Stone in “La La Land.”
Since the guild has a couple of chances to give Adams her due this year, how many times do you think she will end up on stage on SAG night?
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