Third article in our 5 weeks series on Campaigning for an Oscar!
In the music and acting industry, there is what seems to be an infinite number of artists. However, there are not many singers who transitioned to the screen that would go on to garner the coveted Oscar. Listed below are those who have left quite an impression on the music and acting world.
Best Supporting Actor: “From Here to Eternity”
The scene, in which Maggio meets Prew and Lorene in the bar after he walks off guard duty, was actually Frank Sinatra’s screen test for the part of Maggio. To impress the director, Sinatra ad-libbed olives as dice and pretended to shoot craps. The entire sequence was kept and used in the picture. Sinatra got the role due to his wife (at the time) Ava Gardner, for suggesting him to Columbia head, Henry Cohn. Sinatra had hit a low point in his career, so Cohn figured it would be cheap for him to cast Sinatra. Sinatra earned $8,000 for the film.
Best Actor (nominated): “Ali”
Best Actor: “Pursuit of Happyness”
Best Supporting Actress: “West Side Story”
Moreno is the first Hispanic woman to win an Oscar and one of 12 actors to have an EGOT: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. At the age of 80, she is still going strong making several television appearances.
Best Actress: “Funny Girl”
Nominated for best actress: The Sterile Cuckoo
Best Actress: Cabaret
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Minnelli was the second choice to play Sally Bowles in Cabaret. The part was first offered to Barbra Streisand, but she turned it down. She earned $250,00 for the role. She also is an honorary EGOT.
Nominated for best actor: The Country Gil and The Bell’s of St. Mary’s
Won: Going My Way
Best Actress: “Mary Poppins”
Best Actress (nominated): “The Sound of Music”
Best Actress (nominated): “Victor Victoria”
Was quoted, “Does Mary Poppins have an orgasm? Does she go to the bathroom? I assure you, she does.” Initially Andrews was hoping to get the role of Eliza Doolittle, but the role went to Audrey Hepburn. Andrews took Mary Poppins instead after taking a call from the director shortly after giving birth to her daughter the same day!
Best Supporting Actress: Dream Girls
As we continue into the 21st Century, are there any singers/performers that are currently transitioning into the acting community that have the potential to become an Academy Award Winner? Why do you think it is such a small handful of those singer/actors who have been able to make such a successful metamorphosis?
* This article is not to be confused with actors who became singers. *