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Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix approach awards season differently

6:31 AM, Dec 18, 2013   |    comments
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NEW YORK - For Amy Adams, it's just part of the job.

With two critically lauded movies in awards contention, she's game about doing her part to promote both Her, which was named best film of the year by the National Board of Review and was just nominated for a Golden Globe, and American Hustle, also a Globe contender and the New York Film Critics Circle's pick for top release.

"If I was as proud of all of the movies as I was of these two, and they weren't getting any awards attention, I'd be just as happy to be here talking. I'm so excited by my cast members in each film that I'm happy to be talking about them," says four-time Oscar nominee Adams, 39. "It's really that the actors I got to work with are lovely human beings."

And then, there's Joaquin Phoenix, Adams' Her co-star and on-screen platonic best friend, who is a three-time Oscar nominee himself. He has more complicated feelings about the glad-handing that accompanies the non-stop red carpets of December and January.

"It's well-publicized that I struggle with the idea of awards for obvious reasons. It's something that's so subjective. It's weird, the idea of competition," says Phoenix, 39. "I feel like we're in this community doing this together. I never really grew up with competitive sports. I grew up in this big family, and it was about everyone doing their part to help the family."

Still, Phoenix, who, along with Adams, earned a Globe nomination, has made peace with the reality of what it means to be working in Hollywood today.

"There's a cheesy part of me that thinks it's amazing for people to get together and acknowledge each other," he says. "And I'd have to say that even though most of my comments have been negative about the awards, it's undeniable that I'm a great example of somebody that it's only helped my career. I can't think of how it's affected me in a negative way."

Phoenix, who's known for his intensity, is even able to joke about the process of selling yourself to sell your movies. "I like everyone I worked with, so it's nice to see everyone again - because they don't call me back when I'm not working."

(Copyright © 2013 USA TODAY)

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