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    Morry Boland
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    I’m interested to know if any actress has won Best Actress at the Oscars while miming considerably in a musical or drama in recent Oscar history? Let’s say last 50 years.

    Why do I ask?
    I see that Viola Davis is hot favourite for Best Actress this year, yet she sings very little in the film.

    Finally, what is the general consensus on miming in Oscar movies of late by Oscar voters / critics? Does it hurt Viola’s chances?

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    Dubbing would be a more appropriate word. I’m not sure if an actress has won under the circumstances you’ve laid out, but if Davis loses it won’t be because she didn’t do her own singing. We just saw Rami Malek win despite that.

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    Marion Cotillard.

    But she gave one of the greatest performances in cinema history.

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    Yes, Cotillard managed to overcome any negative concerns over the lipsynching (which she did fantastic at) by giving a truly stunning performance that is one of the best ever put to screen.

    Viola Davis wouldn’t make a bad winner but her role size could hurt her in the end.

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    I remember reading on here that some voters who were unfamiliar with Edith Piaf’s voice complimented Marion for her doing her own singing lol.

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    Personally, I don’t understand why people make such a big deal about actors having to do their own singing, in a biopic at least (if it’s a straight musical then yes, 100%). People like Freddy Mercury, Edith Piaf, (Judy Garland *cough*cough*) have completely singular, once in a lifetime voices, that’s literally why they were famous. The expectation that an actor should even attempt to replicate that, to me, is like saying no actor should place a real person unless they look exactly like them. It’s a nice idea, sure, but so unrealistic to not even be a discussion.

    PS – yes, I’m saying Renee should’ve lipsynced and the movie would’ve been better if she had. She has a nice voice, but it’s hard to understand how memorable Garland’s voice and talent was without hearing it

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    I agree that people care a bit too much for lip-synching in movies. In most musicals, no one was singing live anyways. Plus, some people have unique voices that can’t be replaced. I do not want to hear anyone else singing Whitney Houston songs.

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    I agree that people care a bit too much for lip-synching in movies. In most musicals, no one was singing live anyways. Plus, some people have unique voices that can’t be replaced. I do not want to hear anyone else singing Whitney Houston songs.

    Agreed. I think it’s nice that there are some cases when the actor re-records the songs but if they don’t, it doesn’t take away from the performance as a whole.

    Bassett in What’s Love Got to Do with It is loved around here despite the lip-synching.

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