In the current issue of Variety, DreamWorks has positioned Beyoncé Knowles, who portrays Deena Jones in the film, in the Best Actress category, while Jennifer Hudson (Effie White) and Anika Noni Rose (Lorrell Robinson) are both jockeying for Best Supporting Actress nominations. Jamie Foxx, the film's Curtis Taylor Jr., is suggested for Best Actor, while Eddie Murphy and Danny Glover, who play, respectively, James "Thunder" Early and Marty, are named for Best Supporting Actor.
The complete "for your consideration" list follows:
Best Picture: "Dreamgirls" produced by Laurence Mark
Best Director: Bill Condon
Best Actor: Jamie Foxx
Best Actress: Beyoncé Knowles
Best Supporting Actor: Eddie Murphy and Danny Glover
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson and Anika Noni Rose
Best Adapted Screenplay: Bill Condon
Best Cinematography: Tobas Schliessler
Best Art Direction
Production Designer: John Myhre
Supervising Art Director: Tomas Voth
Set Decorator: Nancy Haigh
Best Film Editing: Virginia Katz, A.C.E.
Best Costume Design: Sharen Davis Best Sound Mixing
Production Sound Mixer: Willie Burton
Re-Recording Mixers: Michael Minkler, C.A.S. and Bob Beemer
Best Sound Editing
Supervising Sound Editor/Sound Designer: Richard E. Yawn, M.P.S.E.
Best Make-Up: Tym Shutchai Buacharern and Camille Friend
Best Original Song
"Listen" (Henry Krieger and Anne Preven, Scott Cutler-Beyoncé Knowles)
"Love You I Do" (Henry Krieger and Siedah Garrett)
"Patience" (Henry Krieger and Willie Reale)
Directed by Bill Condon, "Dreamgirls" is scheduled to hit movie theatres nationwide Dec. 25, although it will premiere in New York Dec. 4 and in Los Angeles Dec. 11. The film stars Jennifer Hudson as Effie, Beyoncé Knowles as Deena Jones, Anika Noni Rose as Lorrell Robinson, Jamie Foxx as Curtis Taylor Jr., Eddie Murphy as James "Thunder Early" and Danny Glover as Marty. Director Bill Condon also wrote the film's screenplay based on the late Tom Eyen's book. The film employs most of the original score by Eyen and Henry Krieger as well as four new tunes.
"Dreamgirls," according to the film's official website, "follows the rise of a trio of women — Deena (Beyoncé Knowles), Effie (Jennifer Hudson) and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose) — who have formed a promising girl group called The Dreamettes. At a talent competition, they are discovered by an ambitious manager named Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Jamie Foxx), who offers them the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the back-up singers for headliner James 'Thunder' Early (Eddie Murphy). Curtis gradually takes control of the girls' look and sound, eventually giving them their own shot in the spotlight as The Dreams. The spotlight, however, begins to narrow in on Deena, finally pushing back the less attractive Effie out altogether. Though the Dreams become a crossover phenomenon, they soon realize that the cost of fame and fortune may be higher than they ever imagined."