Movie Music

Top 10 Oscar-Nominated Music Biopics

It's Oscar season again, and this Sunday night the film industry honors the best of the past year in cinema. This year's Best Picture nominees are Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter's Bone. Admittedly, Rocks Off has only seen half of the list, with four of them eluding us, but we're sure Netflix will remedy that in a few months.

Musical biopics are our favorite types of movies, not just the ones with Oscar noms to their credit. The Doors, La Bamba, Control, and 24 Hour Party People are just a few that come to mind that were never up for any any gold guys. Steve Coogan deserved a nod for his turn as British scene luminary Tony Wilson in Party People, and Lou Diamond Phillips did some of the best work he will ever do as Ritchie Valens.

We culled together our favorite musical biopics that were either nominated for Best Picture or one of the acting categories, plus a few others that we couldn't leave off a proper Oscar list. It still pains us to remember that Jeff Bridges' Bad Blake from Crazy Heart doesn't count as a real singer, or that the cast and crew of Almost Famous didn't win a "Most Awesome Movie Evar" trophy in 2001.

Coal Miner's Daughter: Sissy Spacek's role as Loretta Lynn garnered her not only a Best Actress nomination but also a win. She sang all of Lynn's songs on the soundtrack, and the film featured Beverly D'Angelo as Patsy Cline, Levon Helm as Lynn's father, and even Ernest Tubb as himself.

Sweet Dreams: Jessica Lange (meow) took a stab at Patsy Cline in this 1986 biopic, which was largely shunned by the Cline family. She did get a nom for Best Actress, up against Whoopi Goldberg, Anne Bancroft, Meryl Streep (of course). They all lost to Geraldine Page in The Trip To Bountiful.

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Craig Hlavaty
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