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Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Musical/Comedy Edition

For this year’s annual update, we are abiding by the weird and wacky Hollywood Foreign Press guidelines for this historically-debatable category of Musical or Comedy, which has often included some eyebrow-raising choices that range from appropriate, inspired nominees and winners to head-scratchers that sorta make sense and to the utterly perplexing.

For this year’s annual update, we are abiding by the weird and wacky Hollywood Foreign Press guidelines for this historically-debatable category of Musical or Comedy, which has often included some eyebrow-raising choices that range from appropriate, inspired nominees and winners (like John Cameron Mitchell in Hedwig and the Angry Inch or Twiggy in The Boy Friend), to head-scratchers that sorta make sense (like Yvonne Elliman in Jesus Christ Superstar or Linda Ronstadt in The Pirates of Penzance), to utterly perplexing (like George Hamilton in Zorro, The Gay Blade or Patrick Swayze in Ghost).


In our newest edition, we are judging things a bit differently, taking into consideration each performer’s vocal, musical, comedic and/or romantic prowess, and considering some choices that might seem a bit unorthodox if we’re being totally polite. We’re proud to present a new twist on one of our favorite PopMatters series this year, but please note that many other Musical or Comedy performances can be found throughout our previous editions, so this new list is not an attempt at being definitive, just adding trying to add just a touch more lightness to the mix, but as you will see, the depiction of music in film can often be a dark place despite outward appearances. We will post five performances per day for the next two weeks.


Our featured interview for the series is a staggering one that I feel fits snuggly within the universe we’ve created here this year. As we usually do, we’re featuring a dynamic woman, known for her legendary styles of performance, and sometimes for performing, well, herself flawlessly. Courtney Love is a true force of nature, and has long been a hero of mine, since my time spent living in Seattle in the halcyon days of Live Through This. The rock star, actress, writer, artist, model, icon, hyphenate and I spoke exclusively about what makes a great film star, her favorite singers-turned actors, and how playing music informed her acting performance that makes our list (sorry, spoiler: she appears for The People Vs. Larry Flynt!).


For a look at past Essential Performances series please follow these links:


100 Essential Female Performances


100 Essential Male Performances


2010 Essential Performances Update


Exclusive interviews with Melanie Lynskey, Margaret Cho, Pam Grier, Melissa Leo, Lonette McKee and Jacki Weaver.


2012 Essential Performances Update


Exclusive interview with Piper Laurie


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CONTRIBUTOR BIOS


Candice Frederick is an NABJ award-winning journalist, movie contributor for Bitch Flicks and The Urban Daily, and the film blogger/founder of Reel Talk. Follow her on Twitter.

Thursday, August 15 2013

Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 9

Essential Film Performances concludes with classic moments from top-notch comedian Robin Williams, the always fascinating Billy Bob Thornton, a star turn from Lynn Whitfield as Josephine Baker and more.


Wednesday, August 7 2013

Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 8

Essential Film Performances continues with show-stopping turns from Terence Stamp, Jane Russell and Roy Scheider, as well as comic classics from Alicia Silverstone and the incomparable Barbra Streisand.


Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 7

Essential Film Performances continues with musical day, featuring star turns from Diana Ross, Prince and Dolly Parton, as well as classic-period Hollywood flicks with Ginger Rogers and child star Margaret O'Brien.


Monday, August 5 2013

Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 6

Essential Film Performances continues with great comic turns from Bette Midler, Leslie Nielsen and Jack Oakie, who goes tit-for-tat with Charlie Chaplin as another Great Dictator, as well as from Polish silent film star Pola Negri and Rita Moreno.


Sunday, August 4 2013

A Walk with Love and Death: The ‘Essential’ Courtney Love Cobain

One of the most notorious icons in pop culture talks exclusively with PopMatters about shedding scales to create her signature style of performance, codes of silence at movie star tennis brunches, and how a very famous actress once slipped her a mickey at the Russian Tea Room.


Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 5

Essential Film Performances continues with classic moments from Jerry Lewis, Carole Lombard, Madonna, Rachel McAdams, and rocker Courtney Love who graced us with an interview for this series.


Wednesday, July 31 2013

Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 4

It's ladies day. Essential Film Performances continues with classic moments from Goldie Hawn, Betty Hutton, Catherine Keener, Elsa Lanchester, and the incomparable Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.


Tuesday, July 30 2013

Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 3

Essential Film Performances continues with classic moments from Irene Dunne, Sally Field, Janeane Garofalo, Joel Grey and the Quiet Beatle, George Harrison.


Monday, July 29 2013

Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 2

Essential Film Performances continues with classic moments from Jamie Lee Curtis, Beverly D'Angelo as Patsy Cline, Judy Davis as Judy Garland, Michael Douglas and the pair Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke.


Sunday, July 28 2013

Essential Film Performances 2013 Update: Part 1

For this year’s annual update, we are abiding by the weird and wacky Hollywood Foreign Press guidelines for this historically-debatable category of Musical or Comedy, which has often included some eyebrow-raising choices that range from appropriate, inspired nominees and winners to head-scratchers that sorta make sense and to the utterly perplexing.


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