Oscar Roles: Adams, Amy–Junebug, First Nomination

Amy Adams has built an impressive list of credits, challenging herself with each and every new screen role.


Adams made a splash in Phil Morrison’s indie, Junebug, in 2005, which earned her nominations for a Supporting Actress Oscar and a SAG Award.

She stole (surely but quietly) every scene she was in, as the pregnant, childlike Ashley, who is awestruck by the arrival of her glamorous sister-in-law.


For this role, Adams has won an Independent Spirit Award, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, National Society of Film Critics Award, a San Francisco Film Critics Society Award, as well as the Breakthrough Gotham Award.

Adams also won the Special Jury Prize for Acting at the 2005 Sundance Film Fest.

Adams starred in Mike Nichols Charlie Wilsons War opposite Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The film is based on Texas congressman Charlie Wilsons (Hanks) covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.

Adams also appeared in Christine Jeffs and Karen Moncrieffs Sunshine Cleaning opposite Emily Blunt. The dark family comedy film is about two lost sisters (Adams, Blunt) who find themselves after starting an unlikely business in crime-scene cleanup.

Adams then appeared in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day opposite Frances McDormand, about a governess (McDormand) in 1938 who gets a taste of glamour when she goes to work in the home of an up-and-coming actress (Adams). One of the governess chores is to sort out the actress unrespectable affairs.

Adams received a second Best Supporting Actress nomination for the film version of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, opposite Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Set at a Catholic school in the Bronx, the film centers on a nun who grows suspicious when a priest begins taking too much interest in the life of a young black student.

Adams other film credits include:

Adam McKay’s Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, with Will Ferrell;

Clare Kilner’s The Wedding Date, with Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney;

Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can with Leonardo DiCaprio;

Reginald Hudlin’s Serving Sara,

Anthony Abrams Pumpkin

Michael Patrick Janns Drop Dead Gorgeous.

Adams TV credits include a guest-starring roles on The Office and The West Wing.