filmbytes: back in the habit!

filmbytes: back in the habit!
June 9, 2010 TEAM POPBYTES

I watched Gaga‘s Alejandro music video way too many times yesterday, so nuns are on the brain. I didn’t grow up Catholic so nuns always mean movies to me. Usually movie nuns aren’t wearing red pleather or swallowing rosaries but it’s not like they’ve never gotten “hot like Mex-i-co” onscreen. Movie nuns are much freakier than their real-life counterparts. They’ve been known to fly (The Flying Nun), give birth (Agnes of God), marry captains with seven children (The Sound of Music), have freaky sex (The Devils), take hallucinogens (Dark Habits) or hide out from the mob while teaching show choir (Sister Act). Speaking of Sister Act, did you know that Whoopi Goldberg has already produced a stage musical version of her 90s blockbuster? It’s coming to Broadway soon. So many movies are becoming Broadway musicals.

Playing a nun is also a good way to get Oscar‘s attention. Remember when Kate Winslet spoofed her Oscar lust while wearing a nun costume in Extras? There are only two Oscar winning nuns: Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking) and Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music) but several movie legends have been nominated by putting on the habit including Ingrid Bergman, Anne Bancroft and Audrey Hepburn.

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