Awards won: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones)
We have nothing against showy musicals. Anytime movies like Singin' in the Rain, Annie, or, hell, Moulin Rouge pop up on cable television, it's time to grab the nearest kitchen utensil, use it as a microphone, and sing—loudly. With the window curtains shut and no one else around, of course.
Hating on director Rob Marshall's Best Picture winner, 2002's Chicago, isn't the byproduct of any bias. Rather, it's the byproduct of Marshall's insistence on not letting the musical numbers speak (or sing) for themselves. Chicago is too stylized for its own good, taking away from all-in performances from Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger with hyperkinetic editing and music-video-like extravagance.