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Trivial Top 20 (expanded to 50): Best Acting Performance by a Musical Performer

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Mick Jagger Performance

1. Mick Jagger Performance, 1970

Charles Aznavour Shoot the Piano Player

2. Charles Aznavour Shoot the Piano Player, 1960

David Bowie The Man Who Fell to Earth

3. David Bowie The Man Who Fell to Earth, 1976

Deborah Harry Videodrome

4. Deborah Harry Videodrome, 1983

John Lurie Stranger Than Paradise

5. John Lurie Stranger Than Paradise, 1984

Dean Martin Some Came Running

6. Dean Martin Some Came Running, 1958

Faye Wong Chungking Express

7. Faye Wong Chungking Express, 1994

Dennis Wilson Two-Lane Blacktop

8. Dennis Wilson Two-Lane Blacktop, 1971

Jacques Dutronc Van Gogh

9. Jacques Dutronc Van Gogh, 1991

Frank Sinatra Some Came Running

10. Frank Sinatra Some Came Running, 1958

Tom Waits Down by Law

11. Tom Waits Down by Law, 1986

Burl Ives Wind Across the Everglades

12. Burl Ives Wind Across the Everglades, 1958

Björk Dancer in the Dark

13. Björk Dancer in the Dark, 2000

Frank Sinatra The Manchurian Candidate

14. Frank Sinatra The Manchurian Candidate, 1962

Art Garfunkel Bad Timing

15. Art Garfunkel Bad Timing, 1980

James Taylor Two-Lane Blacktop

16. James Taylor Two-Lane Blacktop, 1971

Dolly Parton 9 to 5

17. Dolly Parton 9 to 5, 1980

Maria Callas Medea

18. Maria Callas Medea, 1969

Doris Day Love Me or Leave Me

19. Doris Day Love Me or Leave Me, 1955

Sammy Davis Jr. Porgy and Bess

20. Sammy Davis Jr. Porgy and Bess, 1959

Gustav Leonhardt Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach

21. Gustav Leonhardt Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach, 1968

Dexter Gordon ’Round Midnight

22. Dexter Gordon ’Round Midnight, 1986

Ice Cube Boyz n the Hood

23. Ice Cube Boyz n the Hood, 1992

Old Joy Will Oldham

24. Will Oldham Old Joy, 2006

Frank Sinatra The Man with the Golden Arm

25. Frank Sinatra The Man with the Golden Arm, 1953

Thief Willie Nelson

26. Willie Nelson Thief, 1981

Kris Kristofferson Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

27. Kris Kristofferson Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, 1975

Al Jolson The Jazz Singer

28. Al Jolson The Jazz Singer, 1927

Doris Day Teacher’s Pet

29. Doris Day Teacher’s Pet, 1958

Justin Timberlake Southland Tales

30. Justin Timberlake Southland Tales, 2006

Burl Ives Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

31. Burl Ives Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1958

David Bowie Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

32. David Bowie Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, 1983

Ryuichi Sakamoto Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

33. Ryuichi Sakamoto Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, 1983

Ricky Nelson Rio Bravo

34. Ricky Nelson Rio Bravo, 1958

35. Bing Crosby Going My Way, 1944

Harry Belafonte Carmen Jones

36. Harry Belafonte Carmen Jones, 1954

Isaac Hayes Escape from New York

37. Isaac Hayes Escape from New York, 1981

Mariah Carey Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire

38. Mariah Carey Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire, 2009

Adriano Celentano Yuppi du

39. Adriano Celentano Yuppi du, 1975

Michael Hutchence Dogs in Space

40. Michael Hutchence Dogs in Space, 1986

Billy Ray Cyrus Mulholland Drive

41. Billy Ray Cyrus Mulholland Drive, 2001

Iggy Pop Cry-Baby

42. Iggy Pop Cry-Baby, 1990

Benjamin Biolay Stella

43. Benjamin Biolay Stella, 2008

Queen Latifah Set It Off

44. Queen Latifah Set It Off, 1996

Peggy Lee Pete Kelly’s Blues

45. Peggy Lee Pete Kelly’s Blues, 1955

Miles Davis Dingo

46. Miles Davis Dingo, 1991

Cher Moonstruck

47. Cher Moonstruck, 1987

Lyle Lovett The Player

48. Lyle Lovett The Player, 1991

Tupac Shakur Gridlock’d

49. Tupac Shakur Gridlock’d, 1997

Kris Kristofferson Cisco Pike

50. Kris Kristofferson Cisco Pike, 1972

Votes cast by Thom Andersen, Melissa Anderson, Margaret Barton-Fumo, Michael Chaiken, Chris Chang, David Cox, Gary Giddins, J. Hoberman, Laura Kern, Nathan Lee, Olaf Möller, Mark Olsen, Nicolas Rapold, Jonathan Romney, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Regina Schlagnitweit, Gavin Smith, Chuck Stephens, Amy Taubin, and Brynn White.

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