Her film debut and a performance which confirms that she should do more straight up comedies. Her dimwitted, hyper sexual pagent contestant is a highlight and gets some of the film's best lines ("They're never gonna let you perform naked... I asked.").
Doubt is an actor's movie through and through and Adams more than holds her own opposite Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Viola Davis, earning an Oscar nomination for her efforts.
"Innocence" can be a difficult thing to play onscreen because so often it ends up reading as "dumb." In Enchanted Adams plays a total blank slate, a cartoon character who accidentally ends up in the real world, and delivers a completely charming performance which perfectly captures that elusive quality of pure innocence.
The Fighter came at a good time in Adams' career as, after a series of "good girl" roles, she got to play a character with attitude and edge. Although co-stars Melissa Leo and Christian Bale got the lion's share of the attention (not to mention an Oscar each), Adams' fierce but understated performance is one of the film's anchors.
The performance that earned Adams her first Oscar nomination remains her very best. She shines in scene after scene as a sweet character with simple desires who struggles to face disappointment and heartbreak while maintaining her continual sense of optimism.