Amy Adams Lauded As Virtuoso & Babe Ruth Of Actors At American Cinematheque; Imax Receives Sid Grauman Award
Sometimes, I question being an actress, saidA Amy AdamsA tonight as she picked up the 31stA American CinemathequeA Award at the Beverly Hilton tonight. Am I doing enough?
And in such times of doubt, the five-time Oscar nominated actress says that she asks those around her: What do you get out of movies?
This time, I asked my seven-year-old daughter, What do movies mean to you?a She told me, I like movies because they allow my imagination to grow and make me feel like Ia m dreaming even though Ia m awake.a
So I want to thank all off you for allowing me to live my dream even though Ia m awake, said Adams to a standing ovation tonight.
On tap to laud Adams were Tom Hanks, Kristen Stewart, Justin Timberlake, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Messina, Michael Shannon, Denis Villeneuve and Natalie Portman. In addition,A DunkirkA director Christopher Nolan presentedA ImaxA CEOs Richard Gelfond and Greg Foster with the Sid Grauman award for their impact in modern cinema.
Adams was asked before the ceremony began, Are you scared about being roasted tonight? by one reporter. I hope Ia m roasted, that will make me feel a lot better, said theA ArrivalA actress.A VilleneuveA said during his speech about the actress, Youa re suppose to roast at these events. I dona t know how to do that, but you dona t roast angels.
Julie and JuliaA and HBOa sA Sharp ObjectsA co-starA MessinaA called Adams a Babe Ruth of actors able to see something that no one else could see just like the ballplayer when he stepped up to the plate. He regaled the crowd with an experience over the summer when they were shooting a scene forA Sharp ObjectsA in a 100-degree diner in the valley. The steamy atmosphere was ideal for the fight scene they had to perform. However, after a few takes, Adams went to the monitor, studied her performance, and pointed at the monitor. She wanted to do another take. It reminded me of when Babe Ruth would point to the bleachers, said Messina. Adams called Messy Messina Family. Working with you brought out the most genuine part of my spirit.
HerA NocturnalA AnimalsA co-starA GyllenhaalA also delivered heartfelt praises earlier in the night, that her canon is a mind-bending study in versatility with roles such as a bio-hazard single mother, a bad ass bar maid, a neurotic blogger, a starlet and a nun.
People sometimes presume that when someone is at the top of their game, that theya re a total nightmare. Amy is the opposite, instead shea s a wonderful person, said Gyllenhaal, In short, wea re honoring a unicorn, a virtuoso talent with serious chops.
ForA TimberlakeA who worked with Adams in Clint Eastwooda sA Trouble With the Curve,A AdamsA is a karaoke monster who bullied me into singing A Whole New Worlda fromA Aladdin while they were shooting the film in Atlanta, GA. Quite frankly, I will sing with you anytime. But next time, Ia m choosing the god damn song. I have a history with Disney, therea s a whole PTSD, joked Timberlake. Adams said that Timberlake equally is also a karaoke beast. Recalling their experience, Adams said There may have been a dance. The tequila part (of the story) was true. She extolled Timberlake for his excellent work ethic.
PortmanA never worked with Adams, but is still waiting for the perfect buddy comedy to come along for them.A Portman said that she traveled with Amy on the campaign trail meaning the awards season track. During these interviews that get repetitive, Amy said something that it was difficult to be an actress because you have to have a thick skin because of all things people say about you, but you have to have a thin skin and be vulnerable when youa re working. She maintains that incredible vulnerability when I see her, said theA Black SwanA Oscar winner who balled throughoutA ArrivalA when she was five months pregnant last year. It was through Mike Nichols that the duo became acquainted with each other.
Hanks, who worked with Adams on Steven Spielberga sA Catch Me If You CanA and Nichola sA Charlie Wilsona s War,A said that when Adams first appeared as Brenda Strong in Spielberga s caper, The local 50 guys asked who is that woman playing Brenda Strong? Where did she come from? What food did they feed her as a child to become Brenda Strong? Shea s a vision.A Shea s a plane so stellar that telescopes are needed. Hanks recounted Adamsa path from dinner theater, to landing her first film role in 1999a sA Drop Dead GorgeousA which encouraged the actress to move to Los Angeles to pursue a professional acting career.
Adams in her speech remembered how she never wanted to mess up a line in front of Hanks because he was a role model. During production onA Charlie Wilsona s War,A the sound production assistant had to move Adamsa mic, because my heart was pounding so loud said the actress; she was that nervous about potentially flubbing up in front of Hanks.
And whileA StewartA and Adams shared a small scene in a country house in Walter Sallesa A On the Road,A it was akin to a little-big sister relationship for theA TwilightA actress. But for Adams, I was lactating through my dress. She was cool, just smoking and Ia m trying to be cool with the young girls while Ia m lactating joked the actress.
Earlier in the night, in presenting Imax CEOs Gelfond and Foster with the Sid Grauman award, Nolan remembered how he became smitten with the large format when he was a teenager visiting a Chicago amusement park. These guys have done so much for me and allowed me to make my dreams come true, said Nolan who began using Imax onA Batman Begins.A Gelfond taking the podium mentioned how Nolan strapped Imax cameras on British spitfires forA Dunkirk.A The cameras werena t insured, quipped Gelfond. The Imax exec shouted out to filmmakers like the Russo brothers and James Cameron who are passionate about shooting in the format, auteurs who make sure the theatrical experience cana t be duplicated anywhere else.
The sun never sets on the Imax experience, said Gelfond about the 50-year old company which now counts 1,300 theaters across 76 countries. The large format exhibitor is responsible for such theater amenities as immersive sound, stadium seating and revolutionary visuals. Graumana s Chinese, Sida s benchmark, in fact houses a state-of-the-art Imax screen.
Last year, Ridley Scott received the American Cinematheque award, and the year before that was Reese Witherspoon with Jeffrey Katzenberg receiving the Sid Grauman kudo. Two years ago, Witherspoon told Deadline at the tribute,A I was stunned when they asked me because I havena t had a lifetime of achievement, Ia ve only had a half of a lifetime of achievement.
Portman echoed those sentiments to Adams tonight: the best is yet to come. Said Portman, Youa re too young to be having a lifetime achievement award.
Some of the presenters confessed to working hours over their speeches, however, if there were words that got to the heart of explaining Adamsa essence as a performer, thumbs up to Messina.
Amy gets to the deep unexpected truths that lie at the heart of a character, and I look forward to seeing you disappear into more of them in the years to come.