With Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables about to seen by the first set of eyes this coming Friday, many pundits predict this could be the first musical nominated for Best Picture since Rob Marshall’s Chicago (2002).
The question I pose to our readership today is which movie musical would you have nominated for Best Picture but sadly was not in any given year?
I’m sure some are going to throw out the likes of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) or perhaps even Adam Shankman’s version of Hairspray (2007), two films that are insanely flawed but work on some level of entertainment. The only film I can think of would be Bill Condon’s version of Dreamgirls (2006). While Jennifer Hudson reaped the awards benefit for the film and Eddie Murphy enjoyed his first Oscar nomination for Supporting Actor, Beyoncé Knowles showed a presentable acting range while the film introduced the powerful talents of Anika Noni Rose and Keith Robinson. The film still stands as one of the best of 2006. This might be a cheat but animated films like The Prince of Egypt (1998) and The Lion King (1994) are pounding in my head though I know they’re not “musicals” per se. I’m going with it anyway.
Which ones would you choose?