It's a benchmark in every actress' career to receive her first award nomination. Whether she loves or loathes awards show and what they represent, it's always a reassuring boost to know that the industry appreciates one's work. In 2006, Amy Adams reached that benchmark as she fittingly stood in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard.
In 2005, Adams appeared in the comedy-drama Junebug, which pulled in a modest $3 million at the box office and was generally unknown to the masses; however it was known to the critics, and well liked by them as well.
Adams was the recipient of most of the film's nominations for her supporting role as a woman who gives birth to a stillborn, whom she had planned to name "Junebug." On the red carpet for her first Oscars, Adams says she's stunned.
"I don't dream this big," she says, awed. "This is Technicolor, folks. This is crazy."
Her applauded performance would only receive a nomination that year and no tears of joy were patted with the tissues in Adams' clutch.
While her fate at the Oscars that year has proven replicated on each of her three succeeding nominations, the most recent of which was for The Master, an Oscar may be in line for her this year.
Adams' dazzling performance in American Hustle has already earned her a Golden Globe -- the first for the actress on five nominations, and a good sign on the heels of Oscar Sunday.
Those tissues may get some use this year.
The 2014 Oscars air live March 2, 2014 at 7 ET/ 4 PT on ABC.