Start warming up your vocal cords, the Oscars are celebrating a decade of movie musicals. Instead of mining the wealth of Hollywood musicals of the 1930s and 40s, the Academy has chosen to focus on the past decade, showcasing three films: Chicago, Dreamgirls and Les Misérables.
It’s been ten years since the female jailbirds of Chicago sang and danced their way to the award for Best Picture when Chicago took home six awards including Best Supporting Actress for Catherine Zeta-Jones. 2006’s Dreamgirls had a less successful run at the Oscars winning two of the eight categories it was nominated in. Jennifer Hudson took home the film’s biggest win of the night, winning Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Effie White, the second-fiddle to Beyonce’s Deena.
Les Misérables is the first major movie musical to be nominated by the Academy in six years, following in Dreamgirls' footsteps by earning a total of eight nominations including Best Picture and acting noms for Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman.
No word on whether musically-inclined host Seth MacFarlane will join in on the song and dance tributes. The Oscars are handed out on Sunday, February 24th.
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