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The Academy Awards Get Even More Musical

On the heels of announcing Adele’s musical performance in the James Bond tribute, the 85th Annual Academy Awards will also feature a tribute to musicals over the last ten years. Chicago, Dreamgirls, and, of course, Les Misérables will be featured in the segment.

“The musical as a motion picture genre has had a remarkable renaissance in the last decade,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron as seen on Coming Soon. “We are excited to showcase three musical films—‘Chicago,’ ‘Dreamgirls’ and ‘Les Misérables’— on our Oscar show.”

Who knew Danny Zuko would grow up to be Edna Turnblad?

Only time will tell which famous actors and actresses will perform musical hits from their movies musicals. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rene Zellweger, Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Richard Gere, and Jamie Foxx are just a few potential performers. It’s fair to say Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and the rest of the star studded Les Misérables cast will be performing since Les Mis is up for oodles of awards, including Best Picture.

While Chicago, Dreamgirls and Les Misérables are obvious choices to be featured, there are definitely some movie musicals that were overlooked. Hairspray, Rent, Rock of Ages, Mama Mia!, The Phantom of the Opera, and Nine are just a few of the other musicals made movies in the past ten years, but they won’t be featured in the tribute. Alright, so I get why most of those musicals made movies were ignored. A lot of them were cringe worthy and awkward, but I’d still love to see John Travolta in drag at the Oscars reprising his role as Edna Turnblad.

This years Oscar host, Seth MacFarlane, also has an impressive set of pipes, as seen from his SNL and Family Guy musical performances. MacFarlane will surely have a musical number (or five) of his own. Who knows, by the time the Oscars roll around in February the entire show might just be scripted as a musical. Ok, probably not, but girl can dream, right?

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