Hollywood takes break from scandal to honor Amy Adams

Actor Michael Shannon presents actress Amy Adams with the American Cinematheque Award at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday in Beverly Hills, California. - Reuters

HOLLYWOOD - Scandal-hit Hollywood left its woes behind Saturday 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 - said 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 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," said Michael Shannon, who starred alongside Adams in 2016 neo-noir thriller "Nocturnal Animals," as well as two "Superman" movies.

"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 said.

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 envelope Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey and comic actor Louis C.K.

Adams's movie credits have included awards season favorites such as "Arrival" and box-office smashes such as "Enchanted" and "Man of Steel."

She won Golden Globes for her work in "American Hustle" and "Big Eyes." - AFP