Thirty-one actress have been nominated for either Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars for their work in movie musicals. Of these, eight have gone on to win. To find out who take a look above at our slideshow of winners and nominees.
It looks like Emma Stone (“La La Land”) will become the 32nd nominee — and perhaps the ninth champ. “La La Land” recently romped through the Critics’ Choice Awards, winning five, though Stone hit a speed bump when she was upset by Natalie Portman (“Jackie”). But Stone will likely have better luck at the Golden Globes, where musicals and comedies like “La La Land” are separated from dramas like “Jackie.” And a win for her is pivotal there: no actress from a movie musical has lost the Globe and gone on to win at the Oscars.
Stone is the Globes frontrunner, and she’s also currently predicted to win Best Actress at the Oscars according to Gold Derby’s odds. However, it has been 44 years since a songstress won Best Actress (Liza Minnelli for “Cabaret,” 1972). Since musicals made their comeback in the 2000s two songbirds have competed in the Best Actress race. How did they perform at the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and BAFTAs in the run-up to the Oscars?
Nicole Kidman (“Moulin Rouge,” 2001) starred in Baz Luhrmann’s musical with its re-imaginings of modern pop songs. She won the Golden Globe for Best Film Comedy/Musical Actress. Kidman had another film in the awards conversation that year, “The Others,” for which she was nominated for Film Drama Actress at the Golden Globes and Best Actress at the BAFTAs. Both the SAG Awards and the Oscars nominated Kidman for “Moulin,” but both groups preferred Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”).
But even if Stone wins the SAG Award she still shouldn’t get ahead of herself. In 2002 Renee Zellweger (“Chicago”) starred as Roxie Hart and won the Globe for Best Film Comedy/Musical Actress. Then she went head-to-head against Kidman (“The Hours”) at the SAG Awards, where Zellweger came out on top. But then the Oscar went to Kidman instead.
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