24 surprisingly good acting roles by musicians


Janelle Monáe in Moonlight

Despite some incredibly awkward last-minute confusion, Moonlight took home Best Picture at the 2017 Oscars, and with good cause: the genuine, moving drama has a lot to say about identity, acceptance, and compassion. A large part of the credit for the film’ feeling of lived-in realness has to go to Janelle Monáe, whose performance as Teresa does a lot of the heavy lifting to anchor the film as a whole. Critics agreed, largely singling out Monáe’s understated and confident performance. Incredibly, Monáe appeared in another Best Picture Oscar contender in 2016 alongside co-star Mahershala Ali, Hidden Figures. Not a bad start, eh?