Music Stars at the Movies

I have recently re-watched the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born and I then received this amazing infographic from Betway with fantastic research around awards and music stars which just seemed like perfect timing. While Lady Gaga has been nominated for her amazing turn in A Star Is Born, the transition from music to film is not always a smooth one. This makes for interesting reading in all honesty, to show that they are either a massive hit or a masssive flop!

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With it being awards season it really does seem like the perfect time to be looking at something like this. Lady Gaga has ended up in the amazing side for the Academy Award the same cannot be said for Britney Spears, who was panned for her starring role in the coming-of-age drama Crossroads almost 20 years ago! A film that I don’t think I have watched, well I hope I haven’t. 

There are 26 musicians who have received 37 Academy Award acting nominations between them, with eight of them going on to win.

The first to do so was Bing Crosby, who received the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in 1944 musical Going My Way. He later received two more nominations, making him the most successful musician-turned actor of all time.

Seven other artists have been nominated multiple times, including Will Smith – formerly of hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince – who received Best Actor nods for Ali (2001) and Pursuit of Happyness (2006). Cher was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Silkwood (1983)before winning Best Actress for her part in Moonstruck (1987).

Jennifer Hudson is the most recent musician to have been honoured at the Academy Awards, having won Best Supporting Actress at the 2006 ceremony for her portrayal of Effie White in DreamgirlsHudson is one of just two music stars, along with Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl, to win an Oscar on their acting debut.

The problem is though it isn’t all a happy and amazing story the transition from musician to actor will normally go badly. Thirty-five musicians have received 55 Golden Raspberry nominations between them, with 10 of those winning 17 awards.

The worst offender on the list is Madonna, who has been nominated for eight Razzies – four more than anyone else – and has won five. She has won three for Worst Actress and two for Worst Supporting Actress in films including erotic thriller Body of Evidence (1993) and Swept Away (2002).

Mark Wahlberg and Barbra Streisand are next on that list with four nominations each. They are also two of five musician-turned-actors to have been nominated for both an Oscar and a Razzie. Liza Minnelli, however, is the only one to have won both a Razzie and an Oscar. She won the 1972 Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Cabaret before respective Worst Actress Razzies for Arthur 2: On The Rocks and Rent-A-Cop in 1988.

Jazz musician Ahmed Best is the only musician to win a Razzie on their acting debut, having picked up the Worst Supporting Actor award for voicing Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999).

Which music to acting stars stand out for you either in a great way or a very bad way?

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