She began her career on stage performing in dinner theatre and made her screen debut with the 1999 black comedy film Drop Dead Gorgeous. After moving to Los Angeles and appearing in a series of television guest appearances and roles in B movies, she was cast in the role of Brenda Strong in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can (2002). Her breakthrough role came with the 2005 independent film Junebug, for which she received critical acclaim and her first of five Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Adams subsequently starred in Disney's 2007 musical film Enchanted, a critical and commercial success, and received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her lead performance. She received her second Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations and first BAFTA Award nomination for her supporting role in the 2008 film Doubt.