How Amy Adams Became The Oscars' Golden Child

December 31, 2014 2:57 PM

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How Amy Adams Became The Oscars' Golden Child

"Doubt' scored Adams' second Oscar nomination, three years after her first. She was never the front-runner opposite Penelope Cruz ("Vicky Cristina Barcelona") and Marisa Tomei ("The Wrestler"), who between them collected the bulk of the critics' and smaller voting bodies' prizes. But it's "Doubt" that proved precursor awards weren't a prerequisite for Adams to attract the Academy's attention.

She then dotted her résumé with more girl-next-door parts: the second "Night at the Museum" movie, "Julie & Julia" (her second film with Streep), the weak rom-com "Leap Year." That is, until "The Fighter" rolled around, and Adams proved that her sweetheart image was secondary to her craft. She trade...

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