Oscar Question of the Day – The Movie Musical

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?


What do you think?

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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