Which 9 actresses belted out big musical numbers for Oscar gold? Barbra Streisand, Emma Stone, Jennifer Hudson and more!

Which 9 actresses belted out big musical numbers for Oscar gold? Barbra Streisand, Emma Stone, Jennifer Hudson and more!
It is criminal to think that Judy Garland’s lone Best Actress Oscar nomination was for 1954’s “A Star Is Born.” She was on the comeback trail at the time, having been released from her MGM contract four years before. Her embodiment of rising star Esther Blodgett opposite James Mason, nominated as washed-up actor Norman Maine, was considered the apex of her career. When the Oscar went to Grace Kelly in the mostly now-forgotten “The Country Girl,” no less than Groucho Marx called it, “the biggest robbery since Brink’s.”

Why did Garland lose? Tom O’Neil, the Jockey-in-Chief of Gold Derby, tipped me off. She didn’t have a cathartic final song that followed her declaration to the crowd, as she mourned her husband, that she was “Mrs. Norman Maine.” In contrast, Barbra Streisand, whose 1976 version is a pale imitation, at least knew to include a final ballad — “With
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