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Oscar Watch: Paltrow Goes Musical with Country Music Awards, Glee and Country Strong

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 12, 2010 at 8:02AM

As other stars take to the stage as musicians, Gwyneth Paltrow, 38, is reinventing herself as a singer. Will she follow Jeff Bridges into Oscar consideration?
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As other stars take to the stage as musicians, Gwyneth Paltrow, 38, is reinventing herself as a singer. Will she follow Jeff Bridges into Oscar consideration?

She nervously performed live with Vince Gill the title song (written by husband Chris Martin of Coldplay) from her upcoming movie Country Strong on the Country Music Awards (taking some performing tips from Beyonce and Faith Hill). The CMA clip and film trailer are below.

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Paltrow has sung on camera before: she sang "Cruisin'" with Huey Lewis in her late father Bruce Paltrow's 2000 film Duets. She gained weight and learned how to play the guitar for her role as an alcoholic country crooner bidding for a comeback in Country Strong, which Screen Gems opens limited December 22 (qualifying for Oscar consideration) and wide on January 7. Shana Feste is a strong writer-director; I admired her work on Sundance entry The Greatest. Tim McGraw (The Blind Side) and Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) co-star. The movie shares DNA with past country music movie hits Coal Miner's Daughter, Walk the Line and of course, the movie that won Jeff Bridges his Oscar, Crazy Heart.

Paltrow will continue to enhance her TV Q-rating when she sings a few songs on TV's Glee on November 16 (see clip below). She plays a substitute teacher in two episodes who does a mash-up with Matthew Morrison of "Singing in the Rain" and Rihanna's "Umbrella" as well as Cee-Lo Green's "F--- You."

This article is related to: Awards, Genres, Studios, Video, TV, Oscars, Musical, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.