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Poll: Best Musical Performance by an Actor in a Film?

You may have seen the musical performances in the films below, but did you know that the actors were actually singing and playing instruments themselves? Some already had some musical chops and got to show them off onscreen; other actors actually learned their musical skills in a relatively short time for a particular film. Of the actors below, which do you think gave the best musical performance onscreen?

(Note: Because so many actors either sing or play an instrument in a movie, only actors who both sing and play an instrument are included in this poll. Also, no actors who are primarily known as musical artists are included.)

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    Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line (2005)

    Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line (guitar, vocals)
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    Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line (2005)

    Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line (autoharp, vocals)
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    Kristen Stewart in The Runaways (2010)

    Kristen Stewart in The Runaways (guitar, vocals)
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    Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

    Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis (guitar, vocals)
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    Ryan Gosling in La La Land (2016)

    Ryan Gosling in La La Land (piano, vocals)
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    Alia Shawkat, Anton Yelchin, Joe Cole, and Callum Turner in Green Room (2015)

    Alia Shawcat and Anton Yelchin in Green Room (guitar, bass, vocals)
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    Antonio Banderas in Desperado (1995)

    Antonio Banderas in Desperado (guitar, vocals)
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    Anton Yelchin in Rudderless (2014)

    Anton Yelchin in Rudderless (guitar, vocals)
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    Billy Crudup in Rudderless (2014)

    Billy Crudup in Rudderless (guitar, vocals)
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    "Great Balls Of Fire" Steve Allen and Dennis Quaid

    Dennis Quaid in Great Balls of Fire! (piano, vocals)
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    Ethan Hawke in Reality Bites (1994)

    Ethan Hawke in Reality Bites (guitar, vocals)
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    Gary Busey in The Buddy Holly Story (1978)

    Gary Busey in The Buddy Holly Story (guitar, vocals)
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    Gary Oldman in Sid and Nancy (1986)

    Gary Oldman in Sid and Nancy (bass guitar, vocals)
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    Jack Black in School of Rock (2003)

    Jack Black in School of Rock (guitar, vocals)
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    Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart (2009)

    Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart (guitar, vocals)
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    Jeff Bridges in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

    Jeff Bridges in The Fabulous Baker Boys (piano, vocals)
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    Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight (2015)

    Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight (guitar, vocals)
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    Jennifer Jason Leigh and Mare Winningham in Georgia (1995)

    Jennifer Jason Leigh and Mare Winngham in Georgia (both: guitar, vocals)
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    Jonathan Rhys Meyers in August Rush (2007)

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers in August Rush (guitar, vocals)
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    Jude Law in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

    Jude Law in The Talented Mr. Ripley (saxophone, vocals)
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    Keith Carradine in Nashville (1975)

    Keith Carradine, who won an Oscar for Best Original Song, in Nashville (guitar, vocals)
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    Kerris Dorsey in Moneyball (2011)

    Kerris Dorsey in Moneyball (guitar, vocals)
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    Kiera Knightley in Begin Again (guitar, vocals)
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    Laurence Fishburne in What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

    Laurence Fishburne in What's Love Got to Do with It (guitar, vocals)
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    Matt Damon in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

    Matt Damon in The Talented Mr. Ripley (piano, vocals)
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    Meryl Streep in Ricki and the Flash (2015)

    Meryl Streep in Ricki and the Flash (guitar, vocals)
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    Michael Cera in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

    Michael Cera in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (bass guitar, guitar, vocals)
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    Michael Cera and Ellen Page in Juno (2007)

    Michael Cera and Ellen Page in Juno (both: guitar, vocals)
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    River Phoenix in The Thing Called Love (1993)

    River Phoenix in The Thing Called Love (guitar, vocals)
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    Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine (2010)

    Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine (ukelele, vocals)
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    Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci in Black Snake Moan (2006)

    Samuel L. Jackson in Black Snake Moan (guitar, vocals)
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    Sissy Spacek in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

    Sissy Spacek in Coal Miner's Daughter (guitar, vocals)
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    Tom Hiddleston in I Saw the Light (2015)

    Tom Hiddleston in I Saw the Light (guitar, vocals)
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    Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly in A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

    Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly in A Prairie Home Companion (both: guitar, vocals)