JANUARY 6, 2011 8:00 AM AARON RUFFCORN
1. EWAN McGREGOR in Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Recap: In Baz Luhrmann’s brilliant bohemian extravaganza, Ewan McGregor provides the voice of the film’s protagonist Christian.
Reason: Moulin Rouge might be my favorite film of all time — it’s definitely my favorite musical — so please pardon the heavy bias applied here. I do sincerely believe that the singing performance of Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge is the single best singing performance that 21st century Hollywood has produced to date. When he sings, he sings with unbridled passion, and his notes are hit purely and are accompanied with such immense force and pure loving energy. This is all entirely in cohesion with the general tone of the film; Ewan delivered a pitch perfect performance. It didn’t hurt that the songs were brilliant mash-ups of many 20th century classics, but had McGregor not sung so beautifully, the film’s songs could have easily fallen flat.
Clearly written by a very smart man with fine taste. :D