FILMS… Oscar Supporting Nominated Actors Singing Up a Storm

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Favourite Oscar Best Supporting Actors singing for their supper…


Some surprising songs and musical numbers from four fantastic Best Supporting Actor winners.



Looking for another unique post for the Oscars blogathon, my thoughts strayed to the thought of writing a music-themed review. So after some deliberation of the then possibilities, I  now present four of my favourite actors who not only won a Best Winning Supporting Actors Oscar but who also sang in a movie…

Their singing performances feature in completely different movies from the one they won an Oscar for. With this showing, they are more than doubly talented. Only one of this list (apparently) was mercilessly dubbed over and two of this list were performed in musicals. The identity of which actor was dubbed is revealed later in this post.  But first in no particular order…


Michael Caine in Little Voice (1998) and The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Caine received Best Supporting Oscars for his roles in The Cider House Rules (1999) and Hannah and Her Sisters (1988).  Although he didn’t get an Oscar nod for Little Voice, Caine did win a Golden Globe for this performance in the Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy category. Caine also starred in the Muppet Christmas themed musical based on Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol.
The above clip is from Little Voice, an underrated British film where Caine is an evil git of a talent promoter called Ray. Ray wants to exploit the shy, reclusive but talented Laura otherwise known as Little Voice (Jane Horrocks). However she only wants to sing for one night only, and despite Ray cruelly coaxing her to sing in front of an agent. She refuses to sing on the night in question and takes to her bed. Ray takes to the stage and sings It’s Over as his career dramatically ends.
Both performances show the versatility of Michael Caine as an actor. That he can sing and also not sing very well. (With the Little Voice clip there’s a wee bonus song from another singing, Best Supporting Actor, Jim Broadbent). Caine despite showing his singing talents in his leading role as Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol gives a bitter, shouty and angry performance in Little Voice. This is a complete contrast to the Muppet film where he proved he could also dance to a nice, heartwarming tune with his puppet pals.

Thankful Heart – Michael Caine and Muppet Chorus, WolfGirl04


Jack Nicholson in Somethings Gotta Give (2003)

Jack Nicholson – La Vie En Rose (Something’s Gotta Give), Sascha Bütthoff

Nicholson, of course, won a Best Supporting Oscar for his role as a womaniser astronaut in Terms of Endearment (1983) and boasts a further 3 Oscar Nominations in this category. But for Somethings Gotta Give like Caine he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

I do love Jack Nicholson’s performance here in this rom-com with Diane Keaton. In this film, she’s Erica a fifty-something he’s Harry a sixty-something. He’s dating her much younger daughter. However, he has a heart attack at Erica’s beach house. just after he takes Viagra to keep up with her daughter’s demands. So he becomes Erica’s unwanted house guest.

This is an opposites attract movie. Things get complicated though as Erica is dating the much younger Keanu Reeves who plays Harry’s dishy doc and Harry is in a relationship with her daughter. And when Harry and Erica fall in love, with a wee musical serenade to Erica, in French and in English just because Jack can.


Sean Connery in Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959)

Sean Connery Singing in Darby O’Gill and the Little People, amandablaze007

It is believed that this was the film that brought Connery to the attention of Albert Broccoli, the man behind those Bond films. With Connery’s first appearance as Bond three years later… Connery played another Irish man in the film that won him his Best Supporting Oscar as Jim Malone in The Untouchables (1987). Playing the role as Connery does in his own unique style, an Edinburgh accent. A version of this song was released on record by Connery and his co-star in 1959. This song in the film was rumoured to be dubbed but this is up for debate online.

In this pre-Bond, Walt Disney film, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, Sean Connery shows he’s got quite a lovely singing voice. In the plot, Darby O’ Gill is a well-known figure in the town for his tales of his constant attempts to catch the leprechauns. And the film one I vaguely remember watching years ago with Connery playing Michael McBride, a caretaker who secretly replaces the older, Darby in his job. Then it gets complicated after Darby is kidnapped by the leprechaun king.


Christopher Plummer in The Sound of Music (1965)

Edelweiss (Christopher Plummer’s real voice) The Sound Of Music, Music is Life

Christopher Plummer, however, did win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Beginners (2010)  And this at the spritely age of 82. This actor is now currently under consideration as a nominee again for this accolade, at the age of 88. This time for his role in All the Money in the World (2017) replacing another that other actor.

Most of you will have correctly deduced Plummer is the singing performance that was sadly dubbed over. And personally, I think he’s got a sweet wee voice. The Sound of Music (1965) story, of course, is about Maria, who doesn’t quite cut it to become a nun.

The Abbess finds her a job, and Maria becomes a nanny to widower Captain Von Trapp’s seven children.  Cue songs, dancing, laughter and true love as Maria’s charges – and in time their father – warm to her. This clip apparently shows Plummer in an undubbed version.

However on re-perusing this list of Oscar-winning supporting actors, special mentions should be given. This to a couple of actors who did win a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for their role in a musical. These talents were George Chakiris for West Side Story (1981) and Joel Grey for Cabaret (1972).

Dallas (1978-91) fans may recall them respectively as Sue Ellen’s lover, Nicolas Pierce and JR’s apparent angelic guide in the soap. Both actors appear in the final episode of the series, Conundrum (1991). But these men could easily figure in another Oscar musical and soaps inspired list with the pair both singing the same tune.

For now, I’m just wild about Harry… and Ray, Scrooge, Michael and Captain Von Trapp. to paraphrase… when I’m feeling sad, I’ll simply remember these favourite actors’ musical performances, and then I won’t feel so bad.


31 Days of Oscar Blogathon 2019, No 11

This topic was chosen for the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon run by Once Upon a Screen, Outspoken and Freckled and Paula’s Cinema Club. Other films reviewed here with this cast include Christopher Plummer in Star Trek VIInternational Velvet,  Sound of Music review and a tribute HERE. Other reviews with Michael Caine include The Fourth Protocol, Surrender, The Hand, The Swarm and Blame it on Rio. Sean Connery stars in Family Business, Murder on the Orient Express, Outland and his tribute is HERE. Jack Nicholson in Heartburn, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mars Attacks, The Witches of Eastwick and HERE.



4 thoughts on “FILMS… Oscar Supporting Nominated Actors Singing Up a Storm

  1. It is so endearing to see these actors out of their comfort zone. Caine in The Muppet Christmas Carol breaks my heart.

    I have another Christopher Plummer musical moment for you. He never talks about voicing the evil Barnaby in Toby Bluth’s Babes in Toyland from 1997. Not that I blame him, but my special needs son often watches it, so I have heard Chris singing “A Crooked Man” more times than I can count.

    From YouTube:

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    • Adore this comment, thanks for telling me about this – will have to check it out. I’d so adore it if someone released a Songs from Hollywood LP with all those great songs from the acting world.


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