As 2014 approaches, we take a look back at this year’s highlights for Musicals, and thus prepare for a promising New Year. Here are the events we’re most grateful about:
3. Multiple adaptations are announced
From a new version of Annie to a stage-to-screen adaptation of Jersey Boys, many musical films were either announced or began pre-production this year. Most of them involve well-known celebrities or acclaimed directors –Christopher Walken, Jamie Foxx, Clint Eastwood, Anna Kendrick, amongst many others-, as well as some promising creative choices –such as casting Broadway actors for the film versions, an unusual practice nowadays. All in all, 2013 was a year of preparation, and following the development of many musical films has been quite thrilling.
2. Frozen is widely acclaimed
One of the most enjoyable surprises of the year was the positive reception of Disney’s latest animated musical, Frozen. When the trailer was released, it was received by most with either cold indifference or polite disinterest, whilst also being instantly compared to Tangled’s standard animation, thus being titled by many as ‘Tangled on Ice’. However, the film surprised most critics, and it has already received nominations for the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards, no doubt forecasting an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature.
1. Les Misérables receives 8 nominations for the Academy Awards
Although the Academy Awards are hardly anything more than an affable spectacle, 8 nominations for a musical film are quite infrequent these days. Whether the film deserved such an extravagant praise is inconsequential. The importance of such an event consists in contributing to the fantastic world of the cinematographic musical as a pleasant reminder to the world and the industry of the genre’s constant validity. The musical won’t disappear, facing every scathing criticism and enduring the test of time, and for that we’re eternally grateful.
Happy New Year, everyone! May 2014 bring us more great musicals and lots of joy!