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Circuit Q&A- What’s Your Favorite Biopic About a Musician?

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Jennifer Lopez starring in "Selena"

**Circuit Q&A’s are our daily community question, posed to the readers of AwardsCircuit that cover various topics from film and television to general wonderings and for instances**

Today would have been Grammy-winning Tejano singer Selena’s 48th Birthday. In 1995, the talented singer’s life was tragically cut short when she was murdered by the president of her own fan club. The governor of Texas at the time, George W. Bush, named April 16th “Selena Day” in Texas. In 1997, the biopic “Selena” brought the singer’s life to the big screen. The film starred Jennifer Lopez (for which she received a Golden Globe nomination) and Edward James Olmos.

The biopic is an incredibly difficult genre to tackle. The stories usually span decades, so finding the appropriate tempo can be a challenge. And the material is based on true events, leaving more room for criticism.

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Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn in “Coal Miner’s Daughter”

One strength of the musician biopic is that it highlights the songs the targeted audience knows and loves. Some of the greatest musicians have had their life stories told on the big screen. Glen Miller, Loretta Lynn, Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Tina Turner, and Johnny Cash have all had films made based on their lives.

Last year, a biopic about a musician was one the film industry’s biggest hits. “Bohemian Rhapsody” had a worldwide box office revenue total of just under $900 million. This makes it the most popular (by monetary standards) biopic of all time. The film won four academy awards, three in the sound department and one for acting. Rami Malek won his first Oscar for his performance of Queen’s Freddie Mercury.

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Rami Malek as rock icon Freddie Mercury in the upcoming Twentieth Century Fox/New Regency film BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY.

Is “Bohemian Rhapsody” your favorite biopic of a musician? Is it “Selena”? We want to know. What is your favorite musician biopic?

What is your favorite biopic about a musician? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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Written by Jessica White

Jessica White studied film and theater at California State University, Sacramento graduating in 2009 with a B.A.. Upon graduation, she shifted her focus towards healthcare and became a dentist, graduating from the Oregon Health and Science University in 2017. She is actively serving in the United States Navy overseas, but continues to feed her passion for the visual arts, her first love.


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