Both Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams walked away with Golden Globes for their roles in American Hustle, but it was their male co-stars that grabbed the real gold.
The actresses are the latest big celebrities to be named in the Sony Pictures hacking scandal that has left Hollywood both enthralled and worried.
In the latest set of emails, it has been uncovered by the Daily Beast that Jennifer and Amy Adams were given much smaller chunks of the successful film’s earnings.
According to the Beast, an email dated 5 December sent to Sony co-chair Amy Pascal from Andrew Gumpert, president of business affairs and administration for Columbia Pictures, read: “Got a steve warren/gretchen rush call that it’s unfair the male actors get 9% in the pool and jennifer is only at 7pts.” Warren and Gretchen are understood to be Lawrence’s legal representatives.
The email continued: “You may recall Jennifer was at 5 (amy was and is at 7) and WE anted in 2 extra points for Jennifer Lawrence to get her up to 7. If anyone needs to top jennifer up it’s megan. BUT I think amy and Jennifer are tied so upping JL, ups AA.”
The AA referred to in this email is Amy Adams and Megan is reported to be Megan Ellison, head of Annapurna Pictures, which co-financed American Hustle. Adams is a five-time Oscar-nominated actress.
Gumpert added, “The current talent deals are: O’Russell: 9%; Cooper: 9%; Bale: 9%; [Jeremy] Renner: 9%; Lawrence: 7%; Adams: 7%.”
Pascal responded to the email discussing the pay disparity between Jennifer Lawrence and her co-stars with: “there is truth here.”
Previous leaked emails between Pascal and film producer Scott Rudin saw Angelina Jolie branded a ‘minimally talented spoiled brat’ and Michael Fassbender discussed in a dismissive manner in others.