can rise to any challenge: sparkle as a princess, brawl like a Boston barmaid, dance with Muppets, kiss Superman, earn five Oscar nominations and hold her own against Meryl Streep
— twice. Still, on Nov. 10, the deeply private, craft-driven actress will face a new test when Tom Hanks
, Jake Gyllenhaal
, Natalie Portman
, Kristen Stewart
, Chris Messina
and Denis Villeneuve
take the stage of the Beverly Hilton Hotel to praise her talents as the 31st recipient of the American Cinematheque Award.
Being lauded for her entire body of work is “a little overwhelming,” says Adams. “I tend to look at things piece by piece.”
As for the prospect of watching a montage of her entire filmography, Adams falls silent. “Yup,” she eventually says with the well-mannered equanimity of an actress who spent years doing dinner theater in Minnesota. Then she giggle-exhales.
“I wasn’t even comfortable at my wedding having my family say things that were nice