5 Top Musicians Who Have Won Awards as Actors
Whether it can be referred to as having an identity crisis or being multi talented, many musicians and actors have found themselves crossing lanes, some more successfully than the others. Check out these top five musicians who have won accolades both in their acting and music careers.
After contesting in the American Idol, which she didn’t win, Jennifer Hudson debuted her acting with a role in Dreamgirls a big screen adaptation of a Broadway musical where she played Effie (based on Supremes singer Florence Ballard), an impoverished mother trying to resurrect her singing career. The role earned her not only an Oscar for best supporting role but also the Golden Globe and BAFTA awards, making her the first American Idol contestant to win both awards.
Jared Joseph Leto is an American singer and songwriter and at the same time an actor. He is the lead vocalist of the band, thirty seconds to Mars, which has sold over 15 million albums internationally. He was the first musician to win an award in one of the big six categories of the Academy awards when he won best supporting actor for his role as a transgender in the movie Dallas Buyers Club. In addition to winning the academy award, Jared Leto also won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award.
Cherilyn Sarkisian, more recognized as Cher, is a famous and ageless pop diva who has had multiple singles to her name.
In 1988 she won an Oscar for the comedy Moonstuck as the best actress in a leading role for her acting as Loretta Castorini, a widowed bookkeeper looking for marriage, who then finds love. Cher also won the best actress award at the Cannes film festival and was nominated six times for the Golden Globe awards. She was also nominated for best supporting actress in another movie, Silkwood which she didn’t win.
Will Smith has enjoyed an illustrious career for over two decades both as a single and as an actor. He won critical acclaim for his portrayal of boxer Muhammad Ali in Ali and was nominated for an Oscar for best actor in that movie and in The Pursuit of Happyness.
Smith was also nominated for five Golden Globes. However, though Will Smith has never won an Oscar or a Golden Globe award, he has won numerous awards for both his acting and musical career including a BET award and an Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA award as best actor.
Selena Gomez is an American singer, actress and producer who started her career from an early age starring in Disney’s Barney and Friends. She has had more than ninety awards during her career both for acting and singing, notably, three Teen Choice Awards for the lead role in Wizards of Waverly Place. She also has her own clothing and fragrance lines. She debuted her singing career with her band, Selena Gomez & the scene but later quit to pursue a solo career selling over 7 million albums and 22 million singles worldwide. Selena has also received ten Guinness World records.