When the Golden Globe Awards are handed out on January 8 Mandy Moore might want to have a speech prepared. The actress, who is nominated for Best TV Supporting Actress for her role on NBC’s “This is Us,” has a distinct advantage over her fellow nominees: her prior success in the music industry.
Moore was only 15 when she became a pop star in the late 1990s with her album “So Real” (1999) and radio hits like “Candy” (1999) and “I Wanna Be with You” (2000). In 2001 she made her film debut with a voice role in “Dr. Doolittle 2” (2001) and has had other prominent roles in films like “A Walk to Remember” (2002), “Saved!” (2004) and “Tangled” (2010). But it is her role as matriarch Rebecca on “This is Us” that has brought Moore awards attention and critical acclaim.
The Globes have a history of rewarding singers who make a successful transition to acting. We saw this just last year when Lady Gaga triumphed in the Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress race for her role in “American Horror Story: Hotel,” beating more critically acclaimed turns by the likes of Kirsten Dunst (“Fargo”), Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”) and Queen Latifah (“Bessie”).
Latifah, herself a musician-turned-actress, actually won that Globe category several years earlier, for the HBO telefilm “Life Support” in 2007. And who could forget Madonna winning Best Film Musical/Comedy Actress in 1996 for “Evita,” beating eventual Oscar-winner Frances McDormand (“Fargo”)?
But these are more than just isolated incidents. The Hollywood Foreign Press has regularly rewarded big name recording artists who have had crossover success in television and film. Frank Sinatra won two Golden Globes for acting — Best Supporting Actor for 1953’s “From Here to Eternity” and Best Film Musical/Comedy Actor for 1957’s “Pal Joey” — and received the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1971.
After winning two Golden Globes for acting — Best Film Musical/Comedy Actress for “Funny Girl” (1968) and “A Star is Born” (1976) — Barbra Streisand became the first and only woman to receive the Globe for directing for 1983’s “Yentl.”
The Globes were also one of the first awards groups to honor Cher, first in 1983 for her supporting role in “Silkwood,” then in 1987 for Best Film Musical/Comedy Actress for “Moonstruck,” for which she later won an Oscar. And even rocker Courtney Love received a nomination for Best Film Drama Actress for her performance in “The People vs. Larry Flynt.”
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