Is Amy Adams the new Leo DiCaprio?

Amy Adams had two films on offer at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) — Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, and Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals – and she is utterly superior in both. I would say after five Oscar nominations without a win, it’s time for Amy to take home the trophy. The question is for which film? Personally, l recommend that you see both movies and decide for yourself, you won’t be disappointed. In theatres this month.

So what to expect?

The sci-fi film Arrival follows the linguistics expert Dr. Louise Banks as she tries to connect with a race of aliens who’ve landed spacecraft all over the globe for some mysterious purpose. This quietly tense film is ultimately a story about communication. “I loved the story because it felt like a mother’s story. Intent is just as important as content, and sometimes, in today’s media, intent gets lost inside the content,” she told us at TIFF. “That’s why I think it’s so important to have face-to-face communication, and that’s what this film reminds me of. You do have to look at someone to communicate with them. I hope we don’t lose that,” said Adams.


Tom Ford’s latest thriller Nocturnal Animals took home the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Venice Film Festival and had the North American premiere at TIFF. This is Ford’s second feature film. The film stars Amy Adams as Susan, a successful art gallery owner who’s rattled by the arrival of a manuscript written by her estranged ex-husband. As she dives deeper into the nightmarish tale, she’s forced to confront her past and the nature of her own reality. “I have to admit, when I first started working on Susan, I felt very distant from her and I wasn’t sure how I was going to get into her. Then I realized that everything that I was judging her about, she’s judging herself about, so I was able to use my own preconceived notions about the character and use that as a starting point,” added famous Hollywood redhead. The movie is dark and really suspenseful, you need to watch it twice to understand everything that is happening there.

But back to Oscars  – the Best Actress race in particular seems to be one of the most competitive in years, with the likes of Natalie Portman (Jackie), Emma Stone (La La Land), and Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins) in the mix. We’ll have to tune into the 89th Annual Academy Awards next February to (hopefully) watch Amy take home the gold. In meantime, let’s give her a round of applause, shall we?

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Photo: Nocturnal Animals

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