November 10, 2012 at 6:31 pm #540956
All of these are great!November 10, 2012 at 7:46 pm #540958
Coal miners daughter and La vie en rose are not musicals.
Barbra Streisand by far!!!!
3. AndrewsNovember 10, 2012 at 9:13 pm #540959
I have Moreno and Andrews at the top by far…November 11, 2012 at 6:16 am #540960
CZJ and Streisand. I don’t know why Cotillard is here, her film is not a musical, neither is Spacek’s.November 11, 2012 at 11:54 am #540961
Probably because their films were selected in Musical or Comedy categories at the Globes. We had a discussion some time ago that those films, as well “What’s Love Got to Do with It?”, were dramas about real-life musicians that pretended to be musicals. At least Spacek did her own vocals (brilliantly).
Barbra by far, I agree. It was “a star is born” type of performance and I’m not even that keen of musicals with her.November 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm #540962
But if we are counting these, Witherspoon should have been included too.November 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm #540963
I am actually caught in a Catch 22 of sorts because my favorite performance here is without a doubt Marion Cotillard’s with Sissy Spacek close behind but like it has been said, I wouldn’t consider their films musicals.
So I guess my dliemna is either going for Cotillard or someone who was in an actual true “musical”…..screw it, she may not have been in a musical but I am one of the biggest fan’s of Marion Cotillard out there and I think her work in La Vie en Rose was pure briliance.November 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm #540964
Definitely Dame Julie Andrews. Followed by Babs.December 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm #540965
Zeta Jones!!!!December 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm #540966
Jennifer HudsonDecember 31, 2012 at 6:05 am #540967
Hmmm… Admittedly, I’m also a bit on the fence with the “musical biopic” v. “screen musical” debate myself.
In terms of the overall best performances of this particular lineup, I would rank the candidates thusly:
1. Marion Cotillard, “La Vie en Rose”: Surely one of the baitiest turns the Best Actress category has ever had, and one of the most vividly realized… every ten minutes, the woman gets another Oscar scene, and she scores a slam-dunk every time.
2. Sissy Spacek, “Coal Miner’s Daughter”: The exact opposite of Cotillard… Spacek opts for a quiet power married to laser focus, and you’re startled to realize that her calm center is actually the very eye of a hurricane.
3. Liza Minnelli, “Cabaret”: The musical moments are vintage Minnelli razzmatazz, but it’s the palpably vulnerable little girl lost under the spangles and bravado that stays with you after the picture’s over.
4. Barbra Streisand, “Funny Girl”: A spectacular tour-de-force of musicianship, but all you remember with Streisand in “Funny Girl” are the musical milestones… the backbone dramedy performance is an afterthought.
5. Julie Andrews, “Mary Poppins”: One of the most confounding instances of charisma vs. thespian lifting… But in her first time at bat, Andrews nails everything she’s asked to do, and inserts a deliciously perverse wrinkle of irony into her performance that demands a second viewing to be fully appreciated.
6. Catherine Zeta-Jones, “Chicago”: Brassy and ultraconfident, she brings the tangy zest needed to offset Zellweger’s kewpie doll dreamer… and God bless her, Zeta-Jones also delivers the sex quotient that just doesn’t exist with Renee alone.
7. Rita Moreno, “West Side Story”: From moment to moment, a schizophrenic rollercoaster ride. Fits of nearly brilliant to amateurish grandstanding, with cliche after cliche lopped on top of each other like a stack of pancakes. But Dios Mio, the woman can dance.
8. Jennifer Hudson, “Dreamgirls”: Sloppy newcomer work that still engenders a surprising degree of goodwill. When she nails her supreme moment, it’s worth waiting for, and for all but the crustiest, it stamps a “Bless her heart” benevolence over the whole enterprise of her performance.January 1, 2013 at 3:55 am #540968
All of these are great! but i love Jennifer Hudson.January 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm #540969
Barbra by far….January 11, 2013 at 5:10 pm #540970
I thought Marion’s performance was one of the best of all time……but her film was not a musical. It was a biopic about a singer
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