As part of the Reel People series, I have added Hilary Swank's portrayl as Amelia Earhart to the list of bio-pic performances that could earn awards buzz in 2009.
The Swank/Earhart post was not the place to include the details, but there is actually another Amelia Earhart performance in 2009, and that is by Amy Adams. Adams portrays Earhart in Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian.
The movie is sequel the 2006 Ben Stiller film Night at the Museum, the movie will feature many...not neccesarily bio-pic performances, but maybe a better term is imitations.
Robin Williams is reprising his imitation of Teddy Roosevelt, Eugene Levy reprises his Einstein imitation, Patrick Gallagher as Atilla the Hun, and Mizuo Peck will again imitate Sacajawea.
I expect that Amy Adams performance will be central to the plot of the film, and I'm sure the performance will be incredible, although probably not one that picks of award season accalades.
(Battle at the Smithsonian will add new imitations of other air flight pioneers Wilber Wright and Orville Wright, as well as Tuskegee Airman. Only further leading me to believe the airplane premise is important to the film).
Other imitations in this film, not to be included in the reel (real) people feature sure to be entertaining include: Christopher Guest as Ivan the Terrible, Jon Bernthal as Al Capone, Nick Dash as Ulysses S Grant, Bill Hader as General Custer, and Alain Chabat as Napoleon.