September 27, 2016

Amy Adams gives “The Master” a strength the Oscars can appreciate – AWARDS


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: She is the glue that holds a crumbling relationship together, a foundation upon which two towering performers can build. And that’s why it’s so important that Amy Adams is being recognized for her work in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” … because without her, I’m not sure that the movie would work quite as well.

Adams, it was revealed, will receive the “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award” for her performance as Peggy Dodd in PTA’s “The Master.” It’s is a subtle turn free of showy theatrics. But it’s the type of performance that instantly makes those around her better because it pushes them toward difficult decisions, and it questions all that we believe we know about these headstrong figures in PTA’s drama.

Peggy, of course, is the rock of stability on which Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) leans. But it’s her distrust in Lancaster’s latest disciple, Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix), that gives “The Master” its combustibility. Every time PTA’s experiment seems to settle on a result, Adams – through Peggy – quietly changes the equation, giving the exquisite movie a new direction.

Expect Adams’ performance to connect with Academy members, who should reward her with her fourth Oscar nomination (after “The Fighter,” “Doubt” and “Junebug”).

The Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 22, 2012. The event honors cherished stars and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.

“We are very appreciative to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last nine years, a total of 85 Oscar nominations and 32 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Awards.

Last year’s awards show reached a total TV audience of more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.

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Producer Harvey Weinstein
“Lawless” director John Hillcoat

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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2 Comments

  • October 1, 2012 | Permalink |

    Hyperbole to the max.

  • October 1, 2012 | Permalink |

    Good points. Amy Adams is one of the best actresses working in movies today. I think the AMPAS members will want to hnor her with an Oscar…and I hope they do.

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