Movie-Musical actresses at the Oscars
Thirty-one actress have been nominated for either Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars for their work in movie musicals. Of those 31 actresses eight have gone on to win their categories. Please take a look above at our slideshow of winners and nominees.
The most recent musical actress to be nominated was Meryl Streep, who repeated her 19th career bid for “Into the Woods,” adapted from the Broadway musical composed by Stephen Sondheim. She was the lastest in a string of women in the 21st century who received nominations, also including nominees like Nicole Kidman (“Moulin Rouge”) and Renee Zellweger (“Chicago”) and winners like Jennifer Hudson (“Dreamgirls”) and Anne Hathaway (“Les Miserables”).
But before that it had been almost two decades since an actress was nominated for a performance in a musical film: Amy Irving in “Yentl” (1983). However, the golden age of musical actresses at the Oscars came in the 1950s and 1960s; 16 women were nominated during those two decades alone – that’s more than half of the women who have ever been nominated.
On the list above you’ll find some of the most famous musical performances of all time. Which is your favorite performance ever?
– By Amanda Spears