Best Picture

Studio: Miramax

Producer: Marty Richards

Nominations: 13

2003 wins: Golden Globe (musical/comedy)

Box office: $64 million (as of 2/9)

Richards on “Chicago’s” move from stage to screen: “I thought there would never be another Roxie Hart. There’s never been anyone that has ever matched Gwen Verdon until Renee, and now she gives it a whole different dimension as an actress as well. I’m thrilled to death. I really am. ”

What we said: “The fundamental conundrum of how to sell a traditional musical to audiences unaccustomed to characters bursting into song was solved by (Bill) Condon’s script, which reimagines the numbers as the fruit of a stage-struck chorine’s rich fantasy life, intercutting them with the parallel reality the songs narrate.” — David Rooney (Dec. 10)

What others said: “Director Rob Marshall, a Broadway pro with solid TV credits, makes a smashing debut in features. And Bill Condon (‘Gods and Monsters’) deserves cheers for a hilarious, hard-assed script that sees the musical numbers as fantasies, Roxie’s way to escape the cold, cruel world.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

This could be the night: Now that the musical is back (thank you, “Moulin Rouge”) “Chicago” is hitting home runs with both voters and moviegoers.

Then comes the rub: Musicals may be in tune now, but dramas still reign. The last musical to win a best picture Oscar was “Oliver!” in 1968.

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