FILMS… 5 Oscar Supporting Nominated Actors Singing Up a Storm

Favourite Oscar Best Supporting Actors Singing For Their Supper…


Some surprising songs and musical numbers from Four 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 featuring in completely different movies to the one they won an Oscar for. With this showing they are more than doubly talented. Only one of this list  (apparently) mercilessly dubbed over and with two of this list performed in musicals. The identity of which actor was dubbed revealed later in this post.  But first in no particular order…


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

It’s Over, nmeau
Caine received Best Supporting Oscars for his roles in The Cider House Rules in (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.
This above clip 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 showing 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 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 winning a Best Supporting Oscar for his role as a womaniser astronaut in Terms of Endearment (1983) and boasting a further 3 Oscar Nominations in this category. But for Somethings Gotta Giive 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.I n this film he’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 an opposites attract movie. Things get complicated though as Erica is dating the much younger Keanu Reeves who plays Harry’s dishy doc and with Harry in a relationship with her daughter. And when the 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 which brought Connery attention from 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 rumored to be dubbed but this 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. 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..

and 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 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Beginners (2010)  And this at the spritely age of 82. This actor 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 showing Plummer in a 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 appearing 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 wont 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 VI – The Undiscovered Country and International Velvet. He also is included my original The Sound of Music review and a Remembrance post on Charmian Carr. Other reviews with  Michael Caine include Surrender (1987), The Hand (1980),  The Swarm (1978),  Dressed to Kill (1980) The Eagle Has Landed (1986) and Blame it on Rio (1984). Sean Connery in Family Business, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves,, Murder on the Orient Express. Meteor and Outland.  Jack Nicholson in The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mars Attacks, The Witches of Eastwick, Oscar Winner Best Actors in Superhero films,Terms of Endearment. And there’s many more listed HERE.

4 thoughts on “FILMS… 5 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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