19 Singers Who Became Oscar-Nominated Actors: From Frank Sinatra to Jennifer Hudson (Photos)

19 Singers Who Grew to become Oscar-Nominated Actors: From Frank Sinatra to Jennifer Hudson (Photographs)

 Singers nominated for Oscars

Attaining success in a single artistic artwork is troublesome; reaching it in two is almost unimaginable. This is a bunch of extraordinary abilities that grabbed the brass ring as each a singing star and an Oscar-nominated actor.

 Andra Day Billie Holiday


Andra Day, “The USA vs. Billie Vacation”  •  In 2015, Andra Day’s debut album, “Cheers to the Fall,” and lead single, “Rise Up,” earned her Grammy nominations for Finest R&B Album and Finest R&B Efficiency, respectively. About her function in 2021’s “TUSvBH,” Day advised the New York Submit, “After I launched into it, I used to be like, ‘That is such a foul thought! I’m not an actress.'” She was fallacious — she has the Golden Globe and Oscar nominations to show it.

 Mary J. Blige Mudbound


Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”  •  Mary J. Blige’s music profession started in 1991 when she signed with Uptown Data and went on to launch 13 albums – eight of which went multi-platinum – and bought 80 million information worldwide. The winner of 9 Grammys and the title of Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Blige easily transitioned to performing, incomes three Golden Globe nominations and Oscar nods for Finest Supporting Actress and Finest Unique Track for “Mudbound.”

 Jennifer Hudson Dreamgirls


Jennifer Hudson, “Dreamgirls”  •  As one of many main success tales of “American Idol,” the place she positioned seventh in Season 3, Jennifer Hudson made her movie debut as Effie White within the big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical. Her standout efficiency earned her each a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Finest Supporting Actress. Oh, and Arista Data was so impressed along with her success that the label signed her. Hudson’s 2008 self-titled debut album was licensed gold and gained the Grammy for Finest R&B Album.

 A Star Is Born Lady Gaga

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Woman Gaga, “A Star Is Born”  •  Woman Gaga was a global celebrity lengthy earlier than she dipped her toe into performing – with 12 Grammys, greater than 32 million albums bought and greater than 129 million downloads, her estimated price hovers round $320 million. After which the performing bug bit. After a run on FX’s “American Horror Story,” she grew to become the third actress within the lead function of “A Star Is Born” to have been nominated for an Oscar.

 Diana Ross Lady Sings the Blues


Diana Ross, “Woman Sings the Blues”  •  Because the lead vocalist of the best-charting feminine group in U.S. historical past, The Supremes, Diana Ross stepped away from that fame to launch a solo profession. And her star continued to rise. After record-setting worldwide live performance excursions, she tried her hand at performing along with her debut efficiency in “Woman Sings the Blues,” a biographical drama about Billie Vacation. The end result: a Golden Globe win and an Oscar nomination.

 Mark Wahlberg The Departed

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Mark Wahlberg, “The Departed”  •  Earlier than Mark Wahlberg’s display debut in Penny Marshall’s “Renaissance Man” in 1994 and first lead function in “Worry” two years later, he was identified for his music within the group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. He went on to star in “Boogie Nights,” “The Excellent Storm” and “Planet of the Apes,” to call only a few. In 2006, he took on the function of Workers Sergeant Sean Dignam in “The Departed,” for which he earned an Oscar nomination.

 Cher Silkwood Moonstruck

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Cher, “Silkwood” and “Moonstruck”  •  Eighteen years handed between the beginning of Cher’s notoriety as half of the folks rock duo Sonny & Cher and their No. 1 hit “I Obtained You Babe” and her movie debut in “Silkwood,” impressed by the lifetime of a nuclear whistleblower. As much as that time, she confirmed off her comedy chops reverse (Sonny) Bono in “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour” and made her Broadway debut in “Come Again to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.” She went on to bag an Oscar nomination for “Silkwood” and took house the gold in 1988 when she gained for Finest Actress in “Moonstruck.”

 Frank Sinatra, From Here to Eternity and The Man With the Golden Arm

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Frank Sinatra, “From Right here to Eternity” and “The Man With the Golden Arm”  •  Frank Sinatra had bobby soxers swooning through the Massive Band period of the Forties and appeared in a number of MGM film musicals on the time, often because the socially awkward good man with the golden voice. Across the time he was pulling in document crowds in Las Vegas as a part of the Rat Pack, he took his performing profession in a extra critical path. In 1954, he gained an Oscar for his supporting function in “From Right here to Eternity” and picked up a nomination for Finest Actor two years later for “The Man With the Golden Arm.”

 Judy Garland, A Star Is Born and Judgement at Nuremberg

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Judy Garland, “A Star Is Born” and “Judgement at Nuremberg”  •  4 years after MGM launched her from contract, Judy Garland’s “comeback” function in “A Star Is Born” in 1954 had critics agreeing her efficiency was Oscar-worthy. The Academy took observe, and she or he was nominated for lead actress. It was broadly believed that she would win — a lot in order that NBC arrange TV tools outdoors the hospital room the place she was along with her new child son Joe, so they might lower to her when her title was introduced. But it surely was Grace Kelly’s 12 months; the actress gained for “The Nation Woman.” Garland had a second probability to take house an Oscar when she was nominated for Supporting Actress for “Judgment at Nuremberg” as a witness for the prosecution.

 Doris Day pillow talk


Doris Day, “Pillow Speak”  •  The quintessential All-American Woman, Doris Day, was a fan favourite within the ’40s as a Massive Band singer and a No. 1 hitmaker with “Sentimental Journey.” That success transferred properly to movie, the place she grew to become a star in quite a few romantic comedies (with music, after all) of the ’50s and ’60s. Teamed with Rock Hudson, Day showcased her comedic expertise in “Pillow Speak,” and the Academy took observe.

 Will Smith, Ali and Pursuit of Happyness


Will Smith, “Ali,” “Pursuit of Happyness” and “King Richard”  •  As soon as upon a time, Will Smith was only a younger rapper with some modest success who discovered higher fame when he starred in his personal NBC sitcom, “The Contemporary Prince of Bel-Air.” He discovered even higher success when he transitioned to performing, starring in eight consecutive movies that grossed greater than $100 million domestically, and 11 consecutive movies that grossed over $150 million globally. In 2001, he proved that music and comedy weren’t his solely fortes – the man can actually, really act. His performances as boxing legend Muhammad Ali in “Ali,” as homeless stockbroker Chris Gardner in “The Pursuit of Happyness,” and as Richard Williams in “King Richard” every earned him a Finest Actor nomination.

 Bette Midler, The Rose and For the Boys

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Bette Midler, “The Rose” and “For the Boys”  •  The Divine Miss M, as her stage persona is understood, bought her begin on Off-off-Broadway, combining her musical and comedic abilities in what many referred to as “grownup” exhibits due to the often bawdy tone. Her debut album, produced by Barry Manilow, went platinum and she or he earned a Finest New Artist Grammy in 1973. When she stepped in entrance of the cameras to painting drug-addicted rock legend Janis Joplin in 1980’s “The Rose,” critics cheered, incomes an Oscar nomination for Finest Actress. A second nomination got here a dozen years later when she performed a singer who entertained American troops throughout World Struggle II in “For the Boys.”

 Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl and The Way We Were


Barbra Streisand, “Humorous Woman” and “The Approach We Had been”  •  Though Barbra Streisand was a well known nightclub and stage performer within the Nineteen Sixties, the function of vaudeville singer and comic Fanny Brice in “Humorous Woman” gave her a profession launch that the majority actors and entertainers solely dream of. After receiving a Tony nomination for main the unique Broadway present, she was solid in the identical function for the movie adaptation (her movie debut). She gained the Oscar, tying with Katharine Hepburn (“The Lion in Winter”) in the one Finest Actress tie in Oscar’s historical past. She scored a second nomination in 1973 for “The Approach We Had been.”

 Bobby Darin Captain Newman, M.D.


Bobby Darin, “Captain Newman, M.D.”  •  Bobby Darin was a heartthrob singer within the late ’50s and ’60s with such megahits as “Splish Splash,” “Dream Lover” and “Mack the Knife.” His first movie, “Come September” co-starring his spouse Sandra Dee, earned him a Golden Globe for New Star of the Yr, nevertheless it was his efficiency as a soldier with PTSD in “Captain Newman, M.D.” that earned him an Oscar nomination for Finest Supporting Actor.

 Bing Crosby, Going My Way, The Bells of St. Mary's and The Country Girl


Bing Crosby, “Going My Approach,” “The Bells of St. Mary’s” and “The Nation Woman”  •  “The Crooner” was a star like no different throughout his time. Between 1930 and 1954, Bing Crosby’s velvety singing voice had him sitting atop radio rankings, main document gross sales and movement image grosses. Though some may solely know him from the annual displaying of “White Christmas” on TV or from “Highway to…” buddy movies with Bob Hope, he gained an Oscar in 1944 for Finest Actor in “Going My Approach,” taking part in a younger priest taking up an outdated parish. The next 12 months, he was nominated (however did not win) for reprising the function in “The Belles of St. Mary’s.”

 Peggy Lee Jack Webb Pete Kelly's Blues

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Peggy Lee, “Pete Kelly’s Blues”  •  Disney followers may acknowledge Peggy Lee’s voice as Darling in “The Woman and the Tramp,” in addition to various different characters within the movie. However jazz lovers know Lee for her clean vocal stylings on such requirements as “Fever” and “Why Do not You Do Proper?” She was nominated for 13 Grammys, bringing house her just one in 1969 for “Is That All There Is?” Three years after starring reverse Danny Thomas in a remake of “The Jazz Singer,” Lee took on the function of alcoholic blues singer Rose Hopkins in “Pete Kelly’s Blues,” incomes an Oscar nomination for Finest Supporting Actress.

 Burl Ives, “The Big Country”

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Burl Ives, “The Massive Nation”  •  Children at this time may know Burl Ives because the voice of Sam the Snowman within the stop-motion animated Christmas movie “Rudolph the Pink-Nosed Reindeer.” Earlier than that, he was often called a banjo-playing folks singer. However alongside the best way, Burl Ives proved he was fairly the dramatic actor, showing in movies like “East of Eden” with James Dean, “Cat on a Sizzling Tin Roof” with Elizabeth Taylor and “The Massive Nation” with Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston. The latter function earned him an Oscar nomination and win for Finest Supporting Actor.

 Ann-Margret, “Carnal Knowledge” and “Tommy”

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Ann-Margret, “Carnal Data” and “Tommy”  •  Ann-Margret’s six-decade profession started in 1961 with RCA Victor as a singer with a “attractive, throaty contralto singing voice,” because the Impartial-Star Information dubbed it. She made her movie debut at 20 within the Bette David movie “Pocketful of Miracles” and later starred in “Bye Bye Birdie,” acted reverse Elvis Presley in “Viva Las Vegas” and even voiced a cartoon model of herself (Ann-Margrock) within the animated collection “The Flintstones.” However in 1971 her performing profession started trying golden, with an Oscar nomination as Jack Nicholson’s emotionally abused girlfriend in “Carnal Data” and one other nod two years later for The Who’s rock opera “Tommy.”

 Dexter Gordon, “Round Midnight”

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Dexter Gordon, “Spherical Midnight”  •  Though Dexter Gordon was not a singer, we should throw the jazz saxophonist in as an honorable point out. His fashion of jazz improvisation made him one of the vital influential musicians of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. In 1986, he stepped in entrance of the digital camera to play Dale Turner, a struggling saxophone participant with an alcohol dependancy. The movie, which has a uncommon 100% ranking on Rotten Tomatoes, earned Gordon an Oscar nod for Finest Actor in a Main Position.

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