Friday, February 29, 2008

Amy, chasing

Fame is fleeting, so Academy Award nominee and recent Oscar performer Amy Adams refuses to complain about its sometimes annoying side effects. Besides, she'd rather lose some privacy than wonder where her next job is coming from.

It wasn't so long ago, she remembers, that unemployment wasn't working for her.

When a fan invades her space to pay a compliment about her precious princess part in last fall's hit musical-comedy Enchanted, she's fine with that.

"It's wonderful to have people responding to your work," Adams says. "And I'm not really bothered that much."

Then she adds with a grin, "I am mostly under the radar. In fact, I was told once that I looked so much like Amy Adams."

Certainly, she is as busy as Amy Adams deserves to be. The actress just wrapped her role in Doubt with Meryl Streep and is set to begin Julie & Julia, again with Streep, "although we have no scenes together." After that, she's a featured attraction in Ben Stiller's Night at the Museum sequel.

And, as a variation on her Enchanted princess, Adams plays a high-maintenance 1930s socialite actress in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.

Opening on Friday, the comedy of manners stars Frances McDormand, who plays the title character, a middle-aged unemployable London nanny who ends up being hired by a ditzy American performer (Adams) as a social secretary.

To say that Enchanted's princess and the actress-singer from Miss Pettigrew have a few things in common is to have Adams explain their self-absorption in a very polite way.

"Well, they both have a lot of energy," she says of the characters. "They both approach things with a certain passion, and they're very sure of themselves and their convictions."

That was not always the case with Adams. The U.S. armed forces brat grew up in Castle Rock, Colo., one of seven kids, and she learned to roll with whatever came her way.

She needed that sort of resilience when she became a professional performer at the age of 20. Eventually, she toured the U.S. dinner-theatre circuit, resigned to a middling life on the road. That seemed to change when she won a bit part in the 1999 beauty-pageant satire Drop Dead Gorgeous.

Slowly, Adams made a name for herself as a reliable talent who could sing, dance and do either comedy or drama. Bit parts in TV shows such as Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville and The West Wing got her noticed.

She also did a few films that kept her in the Hollywood mix, including a role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in 2002's Catch Me If You Can.

Her breakout role in Junebug - which earned her an Oscar nomination - arrived three years later. "I felt like a combination of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland when I went to the Oscars," she says of the festivities two years ago.

"It was really, really surreal, but fun."

Some of her choices post-nomination suggest a career that's a little bit surreal but fun, as well.

In 2005 and 2006, she had a recurring guest role as Katy on The Office and a glorified cameo in the box-office smash Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. She was also the voice of Polly Purebred in Underdog.

"I know there'll be a time when I have to be more strategic in my selections, which isn't organic for me," Adams says. "But I know I'm really going to have to sit down soon and think about what that strategy will be."

Source: Bob Thompson for the National Post

Amy Adams at the Ed Sullivan Theatre (3)

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Amy Adams at the Ed Sullivan Theatre (2)

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Amy Adams at the Ed Sullivan Theatre (1)

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No scenes with Meryl Streep in "Julie and Julia"

Amy Adams revealed to the media during a press conference for Miss Pettigrew lives for a day that she does not share any scenes with Meryl Streep in "Julie and Julia".

Meryl and Amy wrapped filming Doubt, their other common project, just a few weeks ago. So, how does it feel working again with her so soon? "It's amazing. I've been really fortunate and at one point in my life, I really wanted female mentors, and working with Frances [McDormand] and working by Meryl, just following by example, I just feel like I've gotten that wish."

They start filming their new film in New York next week. "It's based on a book called "Julie and Julia" written by Julie Powell, a woman who blogged her way through Julia Childs' cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking", all the recipes in one year and blogged about it online"., says Amy.

Unfortunately, their characters Julie and Julia never actually meet in the movie. "I'm excited to tackle that, but we do not have scenes together", regrets Amy.

Watch Amy on the Letterman show

For those of you who missed Amy's segment on Letterman tonight, you can download it here:
Amy Adams - David Letterman 02/28/08 (95MB) or view it below.

Amy talks of her show-biz start in Dinner Theater and how the actors would also have to serve the meals at times. She described the life of a dinner theater actor as "Skits and Grits." Dave asks, "And how do you get from dinner theater to becoming a big Hollywood star?" Amy, with a slightest laugh, answers, "Well . . . ." Somehow the audience took this as her insinuating "favors" were given. It played very well. I don't think she meant it to sound like that but it worked well for laughs.

Source: Celebutopia and CBS

PETA upset over Amy's vintage fur scene

Animal rights group People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals have taken aim at the costume designers behind Amy Adams' new film - for dressing the star in vintage fur.The Enchanted star admits she'd never wear fur for real, but had to sweat it out in heavy pelts for one scene in new movie Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day.

She recalls, "It was very hot; fur is hot. We were on this seated set so I overheated all day." Adams admits she hasn't had "any flak" from PETA's fervent anti-fur activists - because she thinks they understand that the period movie had to be authentic. But PETA spokesman Michael McGraw insists that's not the case.

He says, "PETA is glad to know that Amy Adams does not wear real fur in real life, but costume designers need to know that whether the animals were killed yesterday or 50 years ago, they are not ours to wear." Just because animals died in steel-jaw traps or had their necks snapped on filthy fur farms decades ago doesn't make their suffering any less grisly.

"Vintage fur sends the same, unacceptable message as a new fur - that it's OK to allow animals to have their bones crushed in traps, to have their heads stomped on or their necks snapped, or to be anally electrocuted, simply for the sake of vanity".

Source: ContactMusic

Amy's segment on the Late show with Letterman

Amy talked with Letterman about the TV Guide interview, filming Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day and her background in dinner theater. She was very lovely as usual and made some funny jokes that had the audience laughing.

More pictures of Amy arriving at the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York (WENN).

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Screencaps of Amy on CBS

I've just made a few screencaps of Amy appearing on CBS. Stay tuned for more info about Letterman! You can watch a short clip on CBS where she talks about the TV guide journalist who got all her information wrong. Amy tried to help her out...without success.

Amy arrives in studio to record Letterman

More pictures of Amy arriving in studios to record Letterman are available on Getty and Wireimage. I'll add higher resolution pics later. The show is on now!

Thank you Cynthia for the alert!

"What did I just do?", wonders Amy

Songbird Amy Adams took the stage at the Academy Awards to perform her Oscar-nominated song last weekend. Karl Rozemeyer had the chance to interview her just a few days before that at a press event for Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day.

Adams recalls how surreal she felt on receiving her first Oscar nomination and, less concerned about actually performing live in front of a massive global audience, she voices her fear about singing in front of her idol Daniel Day-Lewis.

Were you surprised at all with what happened with Enchanted, with the way that it just took off?
I was cast in that before I was even nominated for Junebug. We did that [film] two years ago now. It just took a while because of all the special effects and the animation. So, we did not expect that at all in the making of it. You never know. We were having fun and put a lot of heart into it. But you never know what the public response is going to be. It is a very different movie and you never know when people are going to embrace that.

Do you like doing musicals?
Yes. Very much! I come from musicals. I was a dancer, so I did a lot of chorus roles. I was a chorus girl. I played in Anything Goes and Crazy for You. I did regional theater. I am actually a really bad tap dancer. I usually would take the taps off my shoes. But luckily I was able to fool them to get the jobs.

Were you actually more surprised to see the response to Junebug than Enchanted?
That was the biggest surprise. That was a year [2006] of surprises. It just continued to build upon itself and it still sort of is. It is funny that people will talk to me and [say]: "I saw Junebug on Lifetime last night. And where did this come from? Where was this film?" And I would be like: "It was out there!!" But it was a small film and there was no television advertising, but it is continuing to build upon itself, which is wonderful. You don't know. You never know.

What was that Oscar nod experience like?
I felt like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland. It was really surreal. But fun. I had a lot of fun. Just surreal.

You are performing at the Oscars this year…
I get nervous every time some one says that!

Does it make you more nervous, the idea of going up for the Award or doing the performance?
No… when I was nominated I was so much more nervous about the whole situation. I am nervous about the actual singing. I don't want to crash and burn. But if I do, it's sort of epic. At the time I will be mortified but like twenty years from now, I will be like: "You ought to see this!" [Laughs]. So I am trying to go into it with a really open mind and just have fun.

I am sure you will do well. But how are you going to celebrate?
I will probably pass out! I am presenting later so I will have to keep it together. And then after the whole thing, I will probably go: "What did I just do?"

Do you have your parties picked out?
No, I don't have any! I might have to fly back to New York the next day so I am probably going to have to keep it low-key.

Who are you going to be excited to meet?
Oooh…Cate Blanchett, Daniel Day-Lewis, Julie Christie. And Marion Cotillard — I know I am going to be like [in a whisper]: "You're so pretty… and talented." There are tons of people. I think when I get nervous about the singing it is more about [the fact that] I have to get up there and sing Happy Working Song to Daniel Day-Lewis. Now that is surreal! These people whom I want to see me as some Grande Dame of the screen, and I am going to be like [sings]: "Oooh — ooh, woo, hoo, woo!" It will be fun.

If you'd won the Oscar, who'd you have thanked?
Who would I have thanked? I don't know. You know, I didn't write a speech. And it caused a little bit of panic. I was sure Rachel [Weisz] was going to win. She deserved to win. I was cool with that. But at some point right before the category was being announced, I had prepped myself. And usually Supporting Actress is one of the first awards. But they flip-flopped it but I didn't know it. So we were all expecting it to be the second or third category and instead it was further into the show. So I was prepared to hold it together for a certain amount of time. And then that time increased and then I was like: "What if by some weird twist of fate, I win? What am I gonna do?!" I was so nervous thought I was gonna die.

So the typical list [of people to thank]: the parents, the agent, the managers…
I don't know. I probably just would have been the first person in history to stand with my mouth open and sort of gaze out into the audience.

Source: Premiere

Amy on Letterman tonight!

Just a reminder, Amy Adams will be on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight (February 28, 2008) at 11:35pm on CBS.

Amy is the main guest so it should be a nice interview. She appears on the talkshow to promote Miss Pettigrew lives for a day, even though I strongly suspect that the main topic will be the Oscars.

Other guests include chef Jamie Oliver and singer Liam Finn.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Video interview on the set of Miss Pettigrew

Cineplex Entertainment has uploaded a video interview of Amy Adams, recorded on the set of Miss Pettigrew lives for a day. She talks about her character Delysia, working with Frances McDormand and Lee Pace. You can view it here.

In the movie's production notes, Amy adds that the film "is a female-driven story that originated from a female perspective; the journey is about finding out what - and who - is right for you, what is truly best for you, and about being true to yourself even as you step outside of your comfort zone."

While McDormand was the only choice for Miss Pettigrew, the prospect of playing the second lead female role in the story - and opposite McDormand, no less - yielded no shortage of interested actors and discussion among the filmmakers. Producer Stephen Garrett says, "Because Miss Pettigrew and Delysia are diametrically opposed to one another in terms of personality and experience and attitude to the world, the casting of Delysia was absolutely critical for that to work properly."

It was only when Amy Adams arrived for a meeting that the filmmakers sensed they had found their Delysia. Garrett says, "There is a spirit and joie de vivre to her that is unique and utterly infectious. I'm referring to not only Delysia but also Amy herself."

"First of all," marvels director Bharat Nalluri, "Amy has unbeatable comic timing. She also has an extraordinary vulnerability that she brings to the screen. It's rare to find an actor who has both."

Screenwriter David Magee adds, "She's just so exciting to watch in Enchanted. What with that and her tremendous Academy Award-nominated performance in Junebug, it's very clear that she is going to be huge."

Producer Nellie Bellflower says, "Amy is beautiful and sexy, and also has the ability to be funny - verbally and physically - without losing any sense of innocence. What we saw in Junebug and then witnessed firsthand is that she removes any barrier between the characters she inhabits and the audience."

The same could be said of Adams' own connection to Delysia; "I responded to Delysia as soon as I read the script," she explains. "I am attracted to optimistic people and characters. Delysia is so vivacious and energetic and full of life, and she's really resourceful - which is important, because she has a lot going on that she must juggle. If she had a modern motto, it would be 'Fake it 'til you make it.'

"Knowing that Frances was going to play Miss Pettigrew - and I have always been a great admirer of her work - I was excited about what we might be able to achieve together. She turned out to be such a generous and joyful person to work with, while keeping everything professional and authentic. She mined all the humor from the script - and I tried to follow her lead, on a wing and a prayer…"

McDormand assesses, "In lesser hands, the character of Delysia would not have been as funny. Not every actor understands the rhythm of the language from that period. With all that fast talking, you cannot really improvise. Amy understood all of this, and our director did, too."

Nalluri was keen to stoke the chemistry of McDormand and Adams, "since the two characters are so very different yet come to see their similarities in terms of what they want and need out of life. I also knew that Frances and Amy together would make for a dynamic - and comedic - duo".

"At the first script reading, they were both so wonderful together that it set the whole tone for the film - and the style we shot it in. They brought the characters to life, and so I knew then even better how I was going to approach the work. When you're doing comedy, I've found it's best to set it up, give the actors a nice frame, and then let them do their work."

McDormand clarifies, "Bharat saw to it that Amy and I were in the same frame for the scenes with physical comedy. In a way, we were emulating Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance; two women moving through spaces together and dealing with situations."

Golden Globe Award nominee Lee Pace (star of the hit television series "Pushing Daisies") plays Michael, Delysia's pianist: "There aren't enough films like this today, about people falling in love and making the choices about what they value in life. Also, when I heard Frances McDormand and Amy Adams were starring, I knew I had to do it. I remember watching Amy in Catch Me If You Can and wondering, 'Who is that? She's fantastic.'"

Adams, in turn, sees Pace as having "an old-fashioned leading man quality, able to convey vulnerability and tenderness in addition to a sexy masculinity. Having him to act opposite made our scenes easy."

In the crucial scene where Delysia performs in Nick's nightclub with Michael, it is Adams' voice - singing in-character - as Delysia - that audiences will hear. Pace reveals, "Amy had a ball playing Delysia; she saw the character very clearly and just went for it, all day long!"

Source: Focus Features and Cineplex Entertainment

Amy turned down "Power Rangers"

The Hooters experience part is widely known - but very few people are aware of the fact that Amy Adams almost became a Power Ranger.

No kidding! One of the first roles Amy was offered when she arrived in Los Angeles was the part of "Pink Ranger" on the kids TV show. But she eventually turned it down.

"A lot of people kept saying 'you're so dumb!" says Amy. "But I wanted to learn about acting and wanted a job that would help me to do that in a serious way. I wonder all the time what would have happened to my career if I had taken it".

It's probably best not to wonder at all, Amy.
Source: Life

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

"Sunshine Cleaning" may change title

Sundance pic "Sunshine Cleaning," deemed a tough sell for its gory subject matter, has been picked up by Overture Films. A source close to the deal said the amount was approximately $2 million.

Helmed by Christine Jeffs ("Rain," "Sylvia"), pic stars Amy Adams and Emily Blunt as sisters who earn their keep as a cleaning team who mop up crime scenes. Scripted by Megan Holley, drama also stars Alan Arkin, Steve Zahn and Clifton Collins Jr.

The film was hard sell at Sundance because the filmmakers were trying to recoup their cost, which insiders say was around $7 million. And some distribs were concerned that the family comedy-drama's title and the casting of Alan Arkin would promote too much comparison to "Little Miss Sunshine."

"It was a movie that we wanted to buy it just took us awhile to work out the deal," Overture's prexy Chris McGurk said.

Overture is considering changing the title but plans to release the pic in the fourth quarter of this year or first of next year.

"You got two extremely talented actors who are rising stars and are at the center of this movie," McGurk said. "We have to be careful we're not stepping on their other movies or vice versa."

Source: Variety

Miss Pettigrew's soundtrack is out today!

The soundtrack of Miss Pettigrew lives for a day is out today in the US. Composed by Paul Englishby, it features Amy's duet with Lee Pace, which is called "If I Didn’t Care". You can listen to a 30-second sample on Itunes. We knew it already with Enchanted but Amy really does have a lovely voice.

They recorded the song at the prestigious Abbey Road Studios in London, made famous by the Beatles.

You can order the album on websites like Amazon, Wal-mart or BestBuy. The CD will also be released on March 10, 2008 in the UK.

Here's the tracklisting followed by the backcover:

01 Introduction (:50)
02 Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Harburg/Gorney arr. Paul Englishby) (2:14)
03 Delysia LaFosse (3:35)
04 Miss Pettigrew (1:12)
05 T’aint What You Do (Oliver/Young arr. Paul Englishby) (2:42)
06 A Person Can Change (2:25)
07 Delysia’s Dilemma (2:36)
08 Elegant Society (2:09)
09 Edyth’s Beauty Salon (1:45)
10 London Alone (1:05)
11 Cocktail Swing (3:47)
12 An Engagement (1:30)
13 Miss Pettigrew’s Waltz (1:40)
14 If I Didn’t Care (Performed by Amy Adams & Lee Pace) (Jack Lawrence arr. Paul Englishby) (3:07)
15 Sock Him in the Jaw (1:36)
16 Off to New York (1:50)
17 If You’ll Have Me (1:57)
18 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2:15)

Source: Varese Sarabande Records / Michael

"It's a relief" says Amy after Oscars performance

On the right picture, Amy Adams finally takes a break from her crazed Oscars day, heading out of the Governor's Ball.

"I was in rehearsals all day from 9 a.m.", she says.

The highlight? "When I finished singing! It was such a relief! It's been the only thing on my mind for a while so it's nice that that's behind me now."

After her performance, Amy blew a kiss to Enchanted nominees Alan Menkell and Stephen Schwartz, who both appeared to be very proud of their "protegee".

On the red carpet, a journalist asked her if she considered herself as an established singer. Amy replied "I'm an actress who sings!".

You're being modest, Amy. After all, you recorded at the famous Abbey Road studios in London for Miss Pettigrew lives for a day and two of your songs were nominated at the Oscars!

No wonder the media now refers to Amy as an "actress-singer" or an "Oscar-nominated singer".

Source: People / Access Hollywood

Amy and Tom Hanks backstage - Oscars 2008

Backstage at the Kodak Theatre, Tom Hanks was spotted larking around with his Charlie Wilson's War and Catch me if you can co-star Amy Adams, and as the make-up lady came over with a powder puff, a clutch of photographers started snapping away as they were both touched up.

"Oh, get a picture of this,'' said Hanks. "Nothing embarrassing about being backstage. Oh look at Tom Hanks. He stormed the beach at Normandy in Saving Private Ryan and here is he is with a powder puff on his face.''

Source: Chris Carlson for AP Photo / The Daily Telegraph

Azaria spills the beans on 'Night at the Museum 2'

Hank Azaria, who will play "a fictional Egyptian pharaoh that comes to life" in Night at the Museum 2: Escape From the Smithsonian, talked more about the cast to MTV.

"I'm the villain in the movie and have all sorts of nasty plans for modern society and poor Ben Stiller gets caught in the middle of it," says Azaria.

The actor added that Amy Adams (Enchanted) will be playing Amelia Earhart and that many of the original cast are set to return. "Owen [Wilson] is coming back and so is Steve Coogan and Ricky Gervais. And there's other fun folks too who haven't officially signed on yet playing historical figures," he teased.

Source: with MTV

Monday, February 25, 2008

Miss Pettigrew - first official review!

CinemaBlend posted the first official review of Amy's upcoming film Miss Pettigrew lives for a day.

They give it 3 stars out of 5 because they argue that "the result is completely enjoyable and largely fun, but almost instantly forgettable. It’s a shame [...] since Adams and McDormand put so much energy into their roles you almost want them to succeed without those pesky, boring men.

Click here to read the full review. The film is out on March 7th in the US.

Amy attends AIDS charity party on Oscar night

After the traditional Governors Ball, official after-party for the Oscars, Amy attended one of the evening's best attended parties: the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards party in Los Angeles.

The Oscar night gala, which was held at the Pacific Design Center and co-sponsored by Chopard and VH1, raised $5.1 million for charity.

The event included dinner, a musical performance by Elton John and a live auction. Other guests included Marion Cotillard, Josh Groban, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Sharon Stone, Harrison Ford and many more celebrities!

If, you're interested by a very high-quality video (51MB) of Amy's singing performance at the Oscars, click here to download.

Chenoweth and Tilda Swinton compliment Amy!

The 80th Academy Awards ceremony was followed by the Governors Ball, which is the postshow party where Oscar nominees, winners, presenters and performers celebrate.

Amy was of course among the invited celebrities and received warm compliments by many stars.

"You were the greatest," said "Best Supporting Actress" Tilda Swinton to Adams, hugging her. "You were just so fantastic in Enchanted."

Kristen Chenoweth also ran up to Adams, telling her she was "so adorable" performing on stage.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences governor, chaired the annual event while the food for the party was hosted by Chef Wolfgang Puck.

Source: USA Today

Amy awards "Best original score"

Film composer Marianelli wins the "Best original score" Academy Award. Amy looks so happy to be presenting an Oscar!

The Amy Adams Award goes to...

On an annual basis, the Grand Rapids Press recognize the Academy Awards' best moments by their very own "Serbie awards". This year, they invented the "Award for vibrancy and poise" - or what they rather like to call - the "Amy Adams Award".

According to them, Amy deserves to be praised for her vibrancy and poise for her performance of nominated Enchanted tune "Happy Working Song".

"Standing alone on a bare stage, she sang with verve and gusto, proving. A) that's really Amy Adams' voice, and it's amazing, B) Amy Adams could honk noisily into a handkerchief on stage for three minutes and still be adorable, and C) this may be the last Amy Adams Award for Vibrancy and Poise, because so few people have vibrancy and poise like Amy Adams".

Pictured left with Amy is Oscar winner Dario Marianelli ("Best score" for Atonement).

Amy's TV Guide interview on the red carpet

The girl who interviews Amy completely messes up. I would be so embarrassed if I were her!
Her ignorance is almost disrespectful.

"Enchanted" songs at the Oscars in better quality

Amy Adams sings "Happy Working Song" at the 80th Annual Academy Awards

Kristin Chenoweth and Marlon Saunders sang "That's How You Know"

Jon McLaughlin sang "So Close"

What the press thinks of Amy's singing talents

- Los Angeles Times
It must be noted that Amy Adams may be eligible for a Medal of Honor; singing "A Happy Little Working Song" in front of all those movie stars without the support of her cockroach, rat and pigeon kickline was one of the bravest acts I personally have ever witnessed.

- CinemaBlend
Amy Adams performs “Working Song” from Enchanted. No big production number, just Amy on stage alone, in whatever, singing the song… and it’s brilliant. I love her. She’s a goddess.

- Detroit news
There were some highpoints. Amy Adams sang "Happy Working Song," one of three numbers she sang in "Enchanted" that scored a best song nomination. Notably, she sang it all alone onstage, with no flashy choreography or dancers, just like an old-fashioned movie star with actual talent.

- Star Tribune
The nominated songs did little to jazz up the affair. Former Chanhassen Dinner Theatres peformer Amy Adams did her best to get through a solo version of "Happy Working Song" (from her hit film "Enchanted"), but it ended up looking like an "American Idol" audition with the Olympic rings rotating absurdly in the background.

Amy named "Best presenter" of Oscar night

The Cape Cod Times named Amy "Best presenter" of the 80th Academy Awards ceremony: "Best presenter: Amy Adams, handing out best score, who seemed truly excited to be there".

CinemaBlend approves: "The beautiful, luminous Amy Adams was on stage to present the award for Best Original Score. Let’s skip the rest of the awards and just look at her all night".

The press also clearly emphasized Miss Adams' elegance with her dark green dress.

The Sydney Morning Herald made a funny reference to Disney's Enchanted: "Amy Adams, in forest green silk damask, seemingly remains Enchanted by the notion of knocking up a frock out of old curtains".

"Amy Adams, nominated twice in the music categories, looked stunning in a forest-green double-faced satin gown by hip New York duo Proenza Schouler", reports BBC News.

Tom Hanks congratulates Amy for her singing performance

In a hallway, Patrick Dempsey and "Grey's Anatomy" co-star Katherine Heigl met up with "Enchanted" star Amy Adams, and all agreed that appearing at the Academy Awards is no easy task.

"It's surreal," said Adams.

Later, she met her "Charlie Wilson's War" co-star Tom Hanks in the wings of the Kodak. Hanks complimented Adams on her outfit and her performance of "Happy Working Song."

"I'm so relieved," she said.

Hanks said that as he watched her he thought, "Wow, they make her do it all by herself."

"No costume, no anything," she replied. "It's like, 'Sell it, girl.'"

First video of "Happy Working Song" online!

There's a video of Amy singing "Happy Working Song" at the Oscars on Youtube. The quality is not excellent but it still gives you a very good idea of what Amy's performance looked like if you missed the show.

I'm currently gathering pictures, first impressions and recaps of Oscar night so stay stuned!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

No "Best song" Academy Award for Enchanted

Despite Enchanted having three songs in the running for "Best song" Academy Award, "Falling Slowly" from the Irish movie Once wins the Oscar. It's a little bit disappointing but the winner song was really lovely.

Kristin Chenoweth and Jon McLaughlin did a fine job with "That's how you know" and "So Close".

The orchestra played the music from “Happy Working Song” when Amy Adams stepped onto the stage to present the award for "Original Score". She awarded the Oscar to Dario Marianelli for Atonement. Amy appeared to be way more relaxed!

It's almost 5AM here - but I'll post more pictures later today. If anyone has a video of Amy's singing performance, I would be extremely grateful if you could send it to stephany.kong[at] :-) Thank you so much!

"Happy working song" - Amy nailed it!

Amy has just finished singing the "Happy Working Song". She appeared to be very nervous but I think she did pretty well under the circumstances. It was adorable and you can easily tell how much Amy loves this song. She was out of her comfort zone and yet her performance was very good. Especially when you know that she had so little time to prepare.

I was impressed by how good her voice is live - although almost quaking at some times, but that's because she was nervous - and she hit the high notes extremely well.

The Herald Review approves: "Wow. That’s a major-league performance by Amy Adams. I don’t care for the song - I like the Central Park tune from “Enchanted” better - but she didn’t miss tonight. You can make a case that she should have been nominated for best actress, too."

The Los Angeles Times doesn't agree with our opinion, though. According to them, Amy's performance "seemed rather flat without the birds, rats and other critters whirling around her as they were in the movie".

What did you think of Amy's singing performance?

Red carpet pictures (6)

Here's a couple of pictures of Amy at the end of the red carpet.

The ceremony is about to start in just a few minutes. I'll post more about the Oscars later this evening. In the meantime, enjoy the show!

Red carpet pictures (5)

"They're screaming!" said Amy Adams of the fan-demonium outside the Kodak Theater. The actress showed off her elegant Proenza Schouler gown and a gilded purse that was all fashion and no function. "There's nothing in it," she admitted about her pretty gold pouch.