Oscar Favorites: 16 Musicals Nominated for Best Picture

We’re less than 48 hours away from the 89th Academy Awards! This year it’s very likely that the musical La La Land will take home the night’s top prize, along with numerous others. So in honor of the Oscars this weekend, and the direction it’s expected to take, I put together a list (and made gifs!) of some of my favorite musicals nominated for Best Picture (including a few that won the industry’s highest honor). And since this year’s ceremony honors the best in film for 2016, I narrowed down the number of favorite musicals to 16, which wasn’t too easy as the Academy has nominated a great number of my favorite musicals for Best Picture. So without further ado, my 16 favorite musicals Oscar-nominated for Best Picture in chronological order…

42nd Street (1933)

42nd Street (1933), directed Lloyd Bacon

Nominated for Best Picture at the 6th Academy Awards – 42nd Street
Nominated for 1 other Oscar

Competition for Best Picture:
Cavalcade (winner)
A Farewell to Arms
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Lady for a Day
Little Women
The Private Life of Henry VIII.
She Done Him Wrong
Smilin’ Through
State Fair

Top Hat (1935)

Top Hat (1935), directed by Mark Sandrich

Nominated for Best Picture at the 8th Academy Awards – Top Hat
Nominated for 3 other Oscars, including Best Original Song for “Cheek to Cheek”

Competition for Best Picture:
Mutiny on the Bounty (winner)
Alice Adams
Broadway Melody of 1936
Captain Blood
David Copperfield
The Informer
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Les Misérables
Naughty Marietta
Ruggles of Red Gap

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Wizard of Oz (1939), directed by Victor Fleming

Nominated for Best Picture at the 12th Academy Awards – The Wizard of Oz
Won 2 Oscars, including Best Original Song for “Over the Rainbow”
Nominated for 3 other Oscars

Competition for Best Picture:
Gone with the Wind (winner)
Dark Victory
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Love Affair
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Ninotchka
Of Mice and Men
Stagecoach
Wuthering Heights

An American in Paris (1951)

An American in Paris (1951), directed by Vincente Minnelli

Won Best Picture at the 24th Academy Awards – An American in Paris
Won 5 other Oscars, including Best Original Screenplay
Nominated for 2 other Oscars, including Best Director

Competition for Best Picture:
Decision Before Dawn
A Place in the Sun
Quo Vadis
A Streetcar Named Desire

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), directed by Stanley Donen

Nominated for Best Picture at the 27th Academy Awards – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Won 1 Oscar
Nominated for 3 other Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay

Competition for Best Picture:
On the Waterfront (winner)
The Caine Mutiny
The Country Girl
Three Coins in the Fountain

The King and I (1956)

The King and I (1956), directed by Walter Lang

Nominated for Best Picture at the 29th Academy Awards – The King and I
Won 5 Oscars, including Best Actor for Yul Brynner
Nominated for 3 other Oscars, including Best Actress for Deborah Kerr and Best Director

Competition for Best Picture:
Around the World in Eighty Days (winner)
Friendly Persuasion
Giant
The Ten Commandments

West Side Story (1961)

West Side Story (1961), directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise

Won Best Picture at the 34th Academy Awards – West Side Story
Won 9 other Oscars, including Best Supporting Actor for George Chakiris, Best Supporting Actress for Rita Moreno, and Best Director
Nominated for 1 other Oscar for Adapted Screenplay

Competition for Best Picture:
Fanny
The Guns of Navarone
The Hustler
Judgment at Nuremberg

The Music Man (1962)

The Music Man (1962), directed by Morton DaCosta

Nominated for Best Picture at the 35th Academy Awards – The Music Man
Won 1 Oscar
Nominated for 4 other Oscars

Competition for Best Picture:
Lawrence of Arabia (winner)
The Longest Day
Mutiny on the Bounty
To Kill a Mockingbird

Mary Poppins (1964)

Mary Poppins (1964), directed by Robert Stevenson

Nominated for Best Picture at the 37th Academy Awards – Mary Poppins
Won 5 Oscars, including Best Actress for Julie Andrews and Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”
Nominated for 7 other Oscars, including Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay

Competition for Best Picture:
My Fair Lady (winner)
Becket
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Zorba the Greek

The Sound of Music (1965)

The Sound of Music (1965), directed by Robert Wise

Won Best Picture at the 38th Academy Awards – The Sound of Music
Won 3 other Oscars, including Best Director
Nominated for 5 other Oscars, including Best Actress for Julie Andrews and Best Supporting Actress for Peggy Wood

Competition for Best Picture:
Darling
Doctor Zhivago
Ship of Fools
A Thousand Clowns

Funny Girl (1968)

Funny Girl (1968), directed by William Wyler

Nominated for Best Picture at the 41st Academy Awards – Funny Girl
Won 1 Oscar for Best Actress for Barbra Streisand
Nominated for 6 other Oscars, including Best Supporting Actress for Kay Medford and Best Original Song for “Funny Girl”

Competition for Best Picture:
Oliver! (winner)
The Lion in Winter
Rachel, Rachel
Romeo and Juliet

Cabaret (1972)

Cabaret (1972), directed by Bob Fosse

Nominated for Best Picture at the 45th Academy Awards – Cabaret
Won 8 Oscars, including for Best Actress for Liza Minnelli, Best Supporting Actor for Joel Grey, and Best Director
Nominated for 1 other Oscar, including Best Adapted Screenplay

Competition for Best Picture:
The Godfather (winner)
Deliverance
The Emigrants
Sounder

All That Jazz (1979)

All That Jazz (1979), directed by Bob Fosse

Nominated for Best Picture at the 52nd Academy Awards – All That Jazz
Won 4 Oscars
Nominated for 4 other Oscars, including Best Actor for Roy Scheider, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay

Competition for Best Picture:
Kramer vs. Kramer (winner)
Apocalypse Now
Breaking Away
Norma Rae

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Beauty and the Beast (1991), directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise

Nominated for Best Picture at the 64th Academy Awards – Beauty and the Beast
Won 2 Oscars, including Best Original Song for “Beauty and the Beast”
Nominated for 3 other Oscars, including Best Orignal Song for “Belle” and “Be Our Guest”

Competition for Best Picture:
The Silence of the Lambs (winner)
Bugsy
JFK
The Prince of Tides

Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Moulin Rouge! (2001), directed by Baz Luhrmann

Nominated for Best Picture at the 74th Academy Awards – Moulin Rouge!
Won 2 Oscars
Nominated for 5 other Oscars, including Best Actress for Nicole Kidman

Competition for Best Picture:
A Beautiful Mind (winner)
Gosford Park
In the Bedroom
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Chicago (2002)

Chicago (2002), directed by Rob Marshall

Won Best Picture at the 75th Academy Awards – Chicago
Won 5 other Oscars, including Best Supporting Actress for Catherine Zeta-Jones
Nominated for 7 other Oscars, including Best Actress for Renée Zellweger, Best Supporting Actor for John C. Reilly, Best Supporting Actress for Queen Latifah, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Song for “I Move On”

Competition for Best Picture:
Gangs of New York
The Hours
The Lord of the Rings
The Pianist

Feel free to share your favorite musicals nominated for Best Picture in the comments! Or the ones that Oscar somehow ignored (like Singin’ in the Rain, aka the greatest musical of all time).

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