By Joey Magidson
Late on the night of March 23, 2003, as Chicago was winning the Best Picture Oscar at the Academy Awards, a lot of people started talking about the bright future that movie musicals now had. The success of that film might have paved the way for a new generation of musicals that could be embraced by Oscar, but for one reason or another it was not to be.
Since that ceremony, a number of titles have tried to take that mantle and run with it, but it’s pretty much been a no-go so far. A genre that at one point was an Academy favorite had supposedly returned to prominence with Chicago, but perhaps it was simply an illusion.
Prior to Chicago’s success, nine movie musicals had taken Best Picture (for 10 winners overall), with countless more receiving nominations across the Academy spectrum. Rob Marshall’s film »
- Joey Magidson
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