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

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

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.

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.”

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