By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist July 18, 2012 at 2:54PM
We can' t have been the only one that felt that Amy Adams got a little cheated at the Oscars a few years back. Melissa Leo is a wonderful actress, and was very good in "The Fighter," but she wasn't even the Best Supporting Actress in that film, let alone among the nominees. That particular honor went to Adams, who was tremendous in David O. Russell's film, and if we'd had our way, it would have been her walking away with the statuette in February 2011, not Leo.
But it looks like Adams is going to have another chance at glory in a Russell film, as The Hollywood Reporter brings news that the actress, soon to be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel," has signed on to the director's latest picture. Formerly titled "American Bullshit," and now unsurprisingly untitled, the film stars Bradley Cooper as real-life conman Mel Weinberg, who teamed with the FBI for a massive corruption case, with Jeremy Renner (who replaced Christian Bale in the film yesterday) as the agent in charge of the case.
Adams will play Max Gardner, Weinberg's co-conspirator and girlfriend, and it sounds like yet another part that'll let one of the most gifted actresses of her generation show that she's got far more range than we all suspected from her breakout rules in "Junebug" and "Enchanted." Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures is backing the film, with Sony set to distribute in the U.S, and filming gets underway in February, so we could see this as soon as next year's award season.