Although the year doesn’t actually end for another four weeks, voting bodies can’t help but stumble over themselves to declare their favorites of the year. The latest to do so are New York Film Critics Circle 2013, which gave American Hustle top honors, and the National Board of Review, which awarded their best film of 2013 nod to Spike Jonze‘s Her.
National Board of Review 2013 Awards
Best Film: Her
Best Director: Spike Jonze, Her
New York Film Critics Circle 2013 Awards
Best Picture: American Hustle
Best Screenplay: Eric Singer & David O. Russell, American Hustle
Best Supporting Actress:Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
The International Press Academy announced earlier this morning the nominees for the 18th Annual International Press Academy Satellite Award and Amy got nominee for her amazing work on ‘American Hustle’
Actress in a Motion Picture
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County
Judi Dench – Philomena
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Amy Adams – American Hustle
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Enough Said
Adèle Exarchopoulos – Blue Is the Warmest Color
Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks
American Hustle got also several nominations, with Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper as Actor and Supporting Actor, Best Motion Picture, David O’Russell as Best Director and Original Screenplay, and also Film Editing. Congratulations to cast and crew!
The Satellite Awards ceremony will be held March 9 in Los Angeles.
After the last night screening, Vulture put this article together, which is a must-read:
I’ll be honest with you, dear reader: There were times during the making of American Hustle that I wondered if it was all just an elaborate front for a Sony-sponsored slumber party thrown by director David O. Russell, a fun-filled night of dress-up in which Russell and several of his favorite actors (including Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Jennifer Lawrence) raided Mom and Dad’s closet for groovy seventies fashions and then staged an elaborate, truly outrageous hair show. It would have been an appropriate ruse, given that the movie is about pulling outsize long cons, but no: Turns out American Hustle is a bona fide, honest-to-goodness feature film, and it screened for the very first time in Los Angeles yesterday (with Russell and most of his cast in attendance), leaving only The Wolf of Wall Street as this awards season’s final movie to unspool for press. Though reviews are still embargoed, here are eight things we can already tell you about American Hustle.
What It’s About
If you’re just now catching up, the seventies-set American Hustle is loosely based on the real-life ABSCAM scandal, which ensnared several members of Congress for taking bribes; the title card that begins the movie teases, “Some of this actually happened.” In Russell’s telling, the sting comes about when an ambitious FBI agent (played by a curly haired Cooper) enlists two con-artist lovers (Bale and Adams) in a bribery scam that will take down a kind-hearted but susceptible New Jersey mayor (Jeremy Renner). In addition to the ABSCAM operation, both Bale and Adams are pulling some cons on the side: The tomcatting Bale’s got a hot-tempered wife at home (Lawrence), while Adams is a former stripper from New Mexico who’s forged an upper-class identity that comes complete with a posh British accent.
Sony held the first major screening of David O. Russell‘s American Hustle last night at the Cary Grant Theatre on the Culver City lot. The packed crowd was largely made up of SAG and a few Academy members, plus select press.
If rivals were hoping it would be a bust, or at the very least a disappointment, I hate to bring them the bad news. Although formal reviews are verboten until early next month, I can say that from my vantage point, Russell, whose last two films Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and The Fighter (2010) were nominated for Best Picture and Director, as well as taking some acting Oscars, has another winner with a film that will have strong appeal particulary in the actors branch and at SAG. I also think, even in this fiercely contested year, Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Editing and Costume nods could be in the cards along with any number of possibilities for its superb ensemble including lead actor Christian Bale, lead actress Amy Adams, supporting actors Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner, and supportng actress Jennifer Lawrence.
(…)The film, loosely based on the 70s Abscam government sting operation which nailed several members of Congress, involves Bale and Adams in a con game where they team up with an out-of-control FBI agent played by Cooper. Bale is remarkable and, in customary fashion for him, put on 40 pounds and shaved his head so he could create a hairstyle with a god-awful combover. Adams is complex and excellent and Cooper, sporting a perm, matches his Oscar-nominated work in Silver Linings. Renner, even though playing a corrupt but likeable politician, also shines as the soul of this enterprise.
(…)Afterwards Russell, Adams, Renner, co-star Elisabeth Rohm, editor Jay Cassidy, costume designer Michael Wilkinson and casting director Mary Vernieu appeared for a 40-minute Q&A.
The actors all said it was a free-flowing atmosphere on set with ever changing script pages. Editor Cassidy, who also won an Oscar nomination for Silver Linings, echoed that when he said in the editing room, “I got to be there for the final re-write.” There was also improv. In fact Adams, who doesn’t often take credit, said a scene in which she impulsively grabs Lawrence in the ladies room and kisses her full-on on the lips was actually her idea and she praised Lawrence for making it work. “She’s amazing. She’s fearless. I’m fearful, but I will do anything except I will do it with a lot of thought. Unless Jennifer is keeping a secret though, she’s completely fearless,” she said.
For the full article, go to Deadline
Produced by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna and Chuck Roven’s Atlas, the film stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis CK and Robert De Niro.
Set against the backdrop of one of the biggest scandals to rock the US, the film revolves around a conman (Bale) who is forced to work for an unhinged FBI agent (Cooper).
DIFF will be the first festival to screen the film. Italia Films has rights for the Middle East.
DIFF artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali said: “We are thrilled to bring David O. Russell’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning films The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook to DIFF audiences this year.
“With one of the most exciting filmmakers working today at the helm, an outstanding cast and compelling story this is a film that is set to blow audiences away and end the 10th DIFF on a high note.”
As you can see, we have a new layout up here at Amy Adams Fan. As much I loved our previous one, it needed a change and this beautiful Eau de Lacoste promotional image was just perfect for a theme. It still needs a few fixing for internal pages, so let me know if you find any error.
You can find the main image and some other pictures Amy shoot for her Lacoste campaign in our gallery as well: