THE SCREENING ROOM: Movie Musicals at the Academy Awards

By Playbill Staff
March 2, 2014

In honor of the 86th Academy Awards, Playbill.com has compiled a list of movie musicals that have won the Oscar for Best Picture over the years.



Click through to see which song-and-dance films took home the Academy Award. 

 

"The Broadway Melody"

The musical, starring Charles King, Anita Page and Bessie Love, was the first sound film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. The title song is performed below.

 

"The Great Ziegfeld"

The film followed the rise of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., creator of the Ziegfeld Follies and known for launching the careers of countless Broadway stars.

 

"Going My Way"

The film, starring Bing Crosby as a young priest who takes over a parish from an established old veteran, featured the award-winning song "Swinging on a Star."

 

"An American in Paris"

The award-winning film featured numerous songs by George Gershwin, including "I Got Rhythm," performed here by Gene Kelly.

 

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"Gigi"

The musical romantic comedy, directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan and Hermione Gingold, featured the popular song "Thank Heaven for Little Girls."

 

"West Side Story"

A modern adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, the film adaptation of the award-winning musical starred Natalie Wood and featured now-famous dancing sequences on the streets of New York City.

 

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"My Fair Lady"

Starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, the film told the story of a professor who bets he can transform a flower girl into a proper English lady.

 

"The Sound of Music"

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer as an Austrian nun and a widowed captain with seven children.

 

"Oliver!"

The British musical drama, based on Charles Dickens' novel "Oliver Twist," told the story of an orphan boy in 1830s England and featured the songs "I'd Do Anything," "Who Will Buy?" and "As Long As He Needs Me."

 

"Chicago"

The 2002 film adaptation of the Kander and Ebb musical, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renée Zellweger, was the first movie musical since 1968's "Oliver!" to win the Best Picture Oscar.