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Amy Adams & Jennifer Lawrence Were Paid Less Than Their 'American Hustle' Male Co-Stars, Says Leaked Sony Emails

Amy Adams & Jennifer Lawrence Were Paid Less Than Their 'American Hustle' Male Co-Stars, Says Leaked Sony Emails

Amy Adams holds a feather on stage while attending a screening of her film Big Eyes hosted by The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences on Saturday (December 13) in New York City.

The 40-year-old actress was joined by her co-star Christoph Waltz, writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, and director Tim Burton.

Big Eyes is a drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

It was just revealed, according to leaked Sony emails reported by The Daily Beast, that Amy and her American Hustle co-star Jennifer Lawrence were paid less than their male on-screen counterparts Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, and Jeremy Renner.

FYI: Amy is wearing a Theory jumpsuit, Helmit Lang jacket, Aquazzura heels, an EF Collection necklace, and Melinda Maria jewelry.

10+ pictures inside of Amy Adams and others at the screening event…

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  • FerCat

    Amy has the better argument because she had more screen time and is the better talent.

  • Jay

    I can understand Christian Bale being payed more, but Jeremy Renner and Bradley Cooper. They are both Oscar winning actresses, not to mention countless other awards.

  • suzette

    Yet some dumb women are quoted in the media saying they dont care about feminism.

  • FormerLamark

    Wha are we surprised? There is gender discrimination and women in all the world adopt unanimously to get paid less, the men steal their legitimate salaries for the same work for having a vagina.

    The Equal Payback Project.com

  • ChrisBale

    I hope she never does another movie with that hack David O. Russell or Sony Studios again. She’s better than them.

  • Karen Alyson

    At time of signing on for this film I believe it was 1 noms and one win for Lawrence, 1 win for Bale, 4 noms for Adams, 2 noms for Renner and 1 nom for Cooper. Other awards are roughly in line with those.

  • Karen Alyson

    I agree it is Amy who has been poorly treated here, Lawrence may have ended up with a lot of screen time, but she was a last minute addition, only filmed for a couple of weeks and signed on for a much smaller part which then got bumped up during filming. Remember Cooper was a producer on this film so he must have known what was happening. I always got the impression Amy didn’t like him very much, maybe this is why.

  • Dina Marie

    He was an executive producer. It looks like Megan Ellison, the main producer, is the one making these decisions. She had the money.

  • mandyz

    Amy should be the only one dissatisfied by this and she has every right to even though it’s hardly a surprise that the male counterparts got paid more. Jen had an eighth of Amy’s screen time so Jen should’ve been technically paid less than Amy and Amy held that movie together and she performed the best out of the whole ensemble cast. She should stop working for pretentious O. Russell after finding out the truth, he only cares about his favorite boys (Bale and Cooper) and his moneymaker Jlaw.

  • FerCat

    Amy Adams is one of those actresses whose path to success is long and well documented in her perseverance. Unlike some other actresses who fame is rather sudden and somewhat dubious in their expediency.

  • Karen Alyson

    He still has to take some of the responsibility and as actor producer I would have hoped he would feel an obligation to stand up for his colleagues, regardless of their gender.

  • Dina Marie

    I really don’t think he had any decision making authority as to the other actors’ backend percentages. You are giving him too much power. You don’t seem to under the distinction between producer and executive producer. Who says he knew anything about it.

  • soggybiscuit

    Jared profiting off Cyber terrorists leaks, this should not be public record

  • Karen Alyson

    He would be a very poor executive producer if he was unaware of such a major issue. He may not have been able to force Megan Ellison or Sony to treat Amy fairly, but he could have made a stand and dropped out as a producer. He chose to put his name on this project so he must take responsibility for the decisions made.

  • Batman0829

    Thank you JJ for putting Amy’s name first and picture up. She was the one being robbed here.

  • Dina Marie

    Seems like you just want to blame him to be honest.

  • Karen Alyson

    I don’t particularly like him, but I honestly think a management role comes with responsibility as well as extra money and a pat on the back, the law would certainly feel that way if there was an accident on set. If you find you are working with a scumbag, step up or walk away. It isn’t as though he wouldn’t be able to pay the rent if he did.

  • Doryphore

    Jeremy Renner is not a star and has never carried a movie. Bradley Cooper has only been in “group movies” like Guardians and Hangover, where he was NOT the breakout stars of those movies. It was Lawrence who made Silver Linings Playbook a success–not Cooper.

    Amy Adams has four Oscar nominations. Jeremy Renner???

  • Doryphore

    Feminism and equal rights for women are NOT the same thing. Sorry.

  • Doryphore

    Jeremy Renner made more money than Angelina and Jennifer Lawrence last year. Seriously. No one knows who Renner is, but he makes a shitload of money.

  • Karen Alyson

    two

  • Batman0829

    What is the difference exactly?

  • happy666

    We all know Hollywood is males business and USA has always been ruled by males and I’m not refering to presidents

  • happy666

    Truth hurts you so bad. You are weak.

  • Angel

    Equal rights for women is LITERALLY the EXACT definition of feminism.

  • lherman22

    Except it shouldn’t have been equal. Lawrence had a smaller, supporting role. In addition, Adams is not a big-league, international draw…Bale and Cooper and Renner are. Yes, Renner’s role was supporting, but he was also just coming off of The Avengers, the third highest grossing film of all time, and of course his stock would have been up. Lawrence had only the 1st Hunger Games under her box office belt, and she probably still had yet to win the Oscar at the time this contract was negotiated (filming had started on March 8th…Oscars were on Feb. 24th). People just don’t seem to understand that way the free-market economics works anymore. This is just gossip-rag, fan flaming journalism.

  • Gandalf

    Amy fine Shes the better actress so she should get a more, as for Lawrence hell no shes not even that good of an actress and it was a supporting role

  • Doryphore

    No it is not the “literally the exact definition of feminism.” Feminism is a about a lot of things, and perhaps it claims “women’s rights” as one of the many things it is about, but it is NOT synonym for women’s rights.

  • Doryphore

    Ask the Duke porn star, she’s an empowered feminist.

  • Batman0829

    You just talking bs, you can’t even back it up. “Feminism is a collection of movements and ideologies which share a common stated aim: to define, establish, and defend equal political, economic, cultural, and social rights for women” There you go dumber and dumbest.

  • joe public

    the word for equality is egalitarianism; or perhaps they dont teach that in the glorious US of A

    feminism is the elevation of one sex above the other; and so by nature it is sexist

  • joe public

    what nonsense is this? the ‘pay gap’ is primarily the result of women taking time off for childbirth, fact

    I have never worked anywhere where women are paid less than men – it is illegal, you know?

  • Kid found in fathers basement

    Why in the world would Amy Adams get paid as much as Bale or Cooper ????