Live Poll: Actors Who Sang in Their Oscar Winning Roles

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This is a list of actors* who won an Academy Award for a role that also
involved singing. Who do you feel performed the best mix of acting and singing?

*whose main credit on IMDb is acting. Singers are not included (e.g. Jennifer Hudson).

http://www.imdb.com/list/ls068194626/#1

http://www.imdb.com/poll/5qc6f2e2iZw/
  • James Cagney (Yankee Doodle Dandy)
  • Rita Moreno (West Side Story)
  • George Chakiris (West Side Story)
  • Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady)
  • Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins)
  • Joel Grey (Cabaret)
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago)
  • Jamie Foxx (Ray)
  • Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line)
  • Marion Cotillard (La môme)
  • Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
  • Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
  • Emma Stone (La La Land)

If someone can think of a better title, please let me know. :)
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Posted 2 years ago

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was surprised not to see sissy spacek up here for 'coal miner's daughter'...(really should be added)...

but anyway...i did love catherine zeta-jones in 'chicago'...thought she stole the show...but

my vote would go to marion cotillard for 'la vie en rose'...an astounding performance...
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I had a feeling there was someone I had omitted, thank you for pointing it out. Sissy Spacek has been added.
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cool...very impressive list jessica...
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how about Judy Garland Wizard of Oz??
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Sorry, this is only about Oscar winning performances.
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Though I'm yet to see the film, I've heard that James Cagney was fantastic in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). Cool idea Jess!
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Nice one Gigi.

My vote - Anne Hathaway as Fantine Th�nardier in Les Misérables.
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Interesting list, Jess!

My vote for “ Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf in La môme ”. Not just for this poll, but it is probably in my most favorite performances of all time!
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There's no question about it.  Rita Moreno and George Chakiris gave it their all in "West Side Story".
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Thanks a bunch, Rocky-O, for agreeing with me.
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excellent choice digger...
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Ryan L. Williams

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I'm glad that you approve.  How's about sharing with me your choices, huh?
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as you can see above...my vote went to marion cotillard for 'la vie en rose'...

but i also loved catherine zeta jones in 'chicago'...also, of course, rita and george in 'west side story'...
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My vote: Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins)
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But Foxx and Cotillard didn't sing, unlike the others. Their performances were excellent but Charles and Piaf's voices were so unique they couldn't be imitated.
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i love ya' elma, but this time i do believe that you are misinformed about that...

their abilities to sound so incredibly like their real life counterparts was usually highlighted in many reviews and critiques...

i could be wrong, but...
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Jamie Foxx was one hell of an imitator, he was able to channel Charles' mimics and stuttering nervousness but vocally, it was the original voice. I saw the film recently and my source is reliable since it's the DVD bonus features.

As for Cotillard, I know I read that somewhere, she was praised because she was able to render Piaf's voice but in the non-singing moments. When you listen to the songs, it sounds 100% like Piaf's voice in the archive footages and original sound recordings.

Maybe the two actors hummed the songs or had a few singing moments but in the scenes with an audience and a microphone (99% of the time) it wasn't their voices.

Not that it diminishes their merit...
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Neither sang. I would put a note in the description for those with an "oops" disclaimer.

IMDb FAQ for La Vie en Rose
Is that really Édith Piaf's voice we hear singing in the movie?
Most of the time. French singer Jil Aigrot is credited with the vocals for some of Piaf's songs, particularly those from Piaf's younger years, songs for which there are no recordings by Édith Piaf, or where they were presented in a manner different from recordings made by Édith Piaf (i.e., "Mon Homme", "Les Mômes de la Cloche", "Mon Légionnaire", "De Gris", "L'Accordéoniste", "Comme un Moineau", "Les Hiboux", and "Padam Padam"). "Frou Frou" is jointly credited to Lucile Panis and Marion Cotillard. Child singer Cassandre Berger performed "La Marseillaise". By the way, Jil Aigrot has recently released an album of Piaf songs called Words of Love: The Voice of Jil Aigrot.

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https://www.quora.com/In-the-Ray-Charles-movie-is-Jamie-Foxx-actually-playing-and-singing

I think you should include Bing Crosby. Yes, he was a singer, but he was considered more an actor than a singer.

And where is Yul Brynner?
And Robert Duvall?
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BARBRA STREISAND in FUNNY GIRL!??!?!!!

Where's Liza in Cabaret?

Elen Burstyn
Brie Larson
Anna Paquin
Denzel in Glory
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Ah, I didn't know that about Foxx and Cotillard (have never seen the films). Too bad. I made a note in their entries.

Robert Duvall and Yul Brynner added, thanks.

Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli and Bing Crosby have more soundtrack credits than actor credits on IMDb, so I cannot add them.

The films for which Burstyn, Larson, Paquin and Washington won their Oscars are not musicals, musical biographies or music films, which are the only genres I considered. I have now made that clearer in the intro.
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Those decisions are not ones I would have made, but it's your poll...
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Thank you, Dan.