The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present award-winning actor Amy Adams with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Thursday, January 31. This year marks the 28th edition of the festival, which runs from January 24 through February 3.
Adams is a three-time Academy Award nominee and was recently awarded Best Supporting Actress by the L.A. Film Critics Association. Although Adams’s career has enjoyed an upward route of success since 2005, she is recognized this year for her exceptional performance in “The Master.” The film features Adam as Peggy Dodd, the steely and educated wife to a charismatic spiritual leader set in the 1950s.
The Cinema Vanguard Award was created to honor an actor or actress who has forged his or her own path. This entails taking artistic risks in the process of making a memorable contribution to film. Past recipients include Jean Dujardin & Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Peter Sarsgaard, Christoph Waltz, Stanley Tucci, Vera Farmiga, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Gosling. Adams stands among her talented peers in accepting this award. Celebrated for her talent and versatility, Adams “deserves serious award attention for the subtle authority she brings to this so-called dutiful wife. Peggy, the scariest true believer in the Cause, is barbed wire wearing a smile. And Adams makes you feel her sting,” says Peter Travers.
Adams will continue to challenge herself in taking on vast array of characters as her filmography details. Going from an amateur cook in Julie and Julia (2009) to The Fighter (2010) opposite Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale as a tough, gritty bartender, Adams has proven her versatility and dedication to film and acting. She has several upcoming projects, including the lead role in Janis Joplin. Additionally, Adams is queued to help Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray produce Maven Pictures’ Object of Beauty, the film based on the novel by Steve Martin.
-Grace Piro Delia