Amy Adams’ Oscar-worthy performances

Amy Adams has racked up five best actress Oscar nominations since 2006, but she’s yet to land an award despite brilliant performances in these films and many more too.

This week sees Arrival hit cinemas, a film that’s already garnering Oscar buzz, so will she once again be nominated? And maybe go on to win the award?

In anticipation of the release of the film we thought we’d share the actress’ best movies, including those where she was nominated for an Oscar.

Amy Adams' best movies


The film already has Oscar buzz surrounding it after it delighted audiences at film festivals. Both Adams and Jeremy Renner star in the film and together they work together to try and communicate with aliens that have come to Earth.

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Nocturnal Animals

The second film from designer Tom Ford has just landed in cinemas this month too and the reviews reveal it’s another stellar performance from Adams. The actress plays Susan a successful art dealer who lives in LA with her husband (Armie Hammer). She received a manuscript from her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal) telling a tale of vengeance in the Texas desert, she reminisces on her former life and confronts the mistakes she’s made.

Like A Single Man, Nocturnal Animals is stylishly set and every single detail is thought through by Ford. It’s intoxicating and provocative, and we’ll no doubt hear plenty more of it as the film award nominations are announced.

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American Hustle

Adams teamed up again with David O. Russell and Christian Bale for this great con-artist story. Amy received her fifth Oscar nomination for this film; she shines in the film by playing more subtle than all of the fine actors around her, who are all playing slightly over the top.


Adams received her second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Doubt.

She was up against some huge players in Doubt, Meryl Streep, Viola Davis and Philip Seymour Hoffman, but she still managed to stand tall and remember her idealistic and innocent character.

Amy Adams Oscar-worthy performances

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The Fighter

The 2010 biographical film follows the life of pro boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his older brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale).

Adams is the sassy girlfriend of Micky, and the role earned lots of attention from reviewers, who praised her for playing against type and called it one of the best performances of her career. The part earned her a third Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, as well as nominations at the SAG awards, the BAFTAs, and the Golden Globes.


One of her five Oscar nominations was for Junebug, where she played Ashley Johnsten. She stood out in the simple story of a newlywed meeting her husband's family for the first time.

Amy Adams Oscar-worthy performances


The Master

The Master landed Amy her fourth Oscar nomination, in the story of a Naval veteran who comes home from war who can't seem to settle back down.


Adams stars as Princess Giselle in this 2007 Disney live-action musical comedy, about a fairytale princess whose views on life and love start to change after she is sent to modern-day New York by an evil queen and meets a handsome lawyer. The film was both a critical and commercial success, grossing more than $430 million worldwide at the box office. The movie earned overwhelmingly positive reviews and Adams was credited with bringing the fairytale to life with wide-eyed, winning charm. The role earned Adams a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a musical or comedy.

A sequel to the film has not long been announced too, Disenchanted, according to reports, it will feature her character “questioning her happily-ever-after life”.

Catch Me If You Can

She only had a small role in the 2002 drama, but she definitely caught our attention. The actress played young nurse Brenda Strong, a love interest to Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Frank.

The film still stands as one of Leo's best, and Adams definitely is one of the more memorable characters that were conned.