Hollywood takes break from scandal to honor Amy Adams

Scandal-hit Hollywood left its woes on Friday to honor Amy Adams for a glittering career that has seen her go from waitress to five-time Oscar nominee.

The 43-year-old famous for the diversity of her film roles told AFP ahead of being presented with the 31st American Cinematheque Award that her proudest moment was her first nod for 2005 comedy “Junebug.”

“It really depends on where I am in my life, but right now I’m looking for films with a specific message,” she said on the red carpet in Beverly Hills as she weighed her 18-year career.

“It can be very subtle, but I want it to mean something to me and move me forward in my life.”

A host of A-listers paid tribute to Adams in a rare celebration at the end of a week which has seen the industry tarnished by unprecedented allegations of sexual misconduct.

“I’m always happy when I show up at work and she’s there,” Michael Shannon, who starred alongside Adams in 2016 neo-noir thriller “Nocturnal Animals,” as well as two “Superman” movies, told AFP.

“I’ve never seen her be anything but hard-working and easy to be around.”

Adams’s four other Oscar nominations were for best actress in “American Hustle” and supporting-actress roles for “Doubt,” “The Fighter” and “The Master” — but she has never won the coveted statuette.

“I think Amy and I have the same attitude about it. We just feel fortunate that we’re a part of this business, to begin with,” two-time Oscar nominee Shannon told AFP.

Adams’s award was a welcome moment of levity in a difficult week of soul-searching in Hollywood, which has seen the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal expand to envelop Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey and comic actor Louis C.K.

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