"Dreamgirls" Receives Directors Guild Nomination

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Bill Condon received a Directors Guild of America nomination for his film "Dreamgirls," which is based on the 1981 Broadway musical of the same name.

The other directors receiving nominations were Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for "Babel," Martin Scorsese for "The Departed," Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris for "Little Miss Sunshine" and Steven Frears for "The Queen."

The DGA also cited Condon’s team: Unit Production Manager Patricia Whitcher, First Assistant Director Richard Graves, Second Assistant Director Eric Sherman and Second Second Assistant Director Renee Hill-Sweet.

The winner will be announced at a dinner on Feb. 3 at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel Los Angeles.

"Dreamgirls" keeps racking up kudos, as it recently earned three Screen Actors Guild nominations, for stars Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson and for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. It earned five Golden Globe nominations, for Murphy, Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles, Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical and Best Original Song-Motion Picture ("Listen").

Hudson, the former "American Idol" finalist, has been especially fortunate, having been honored as Best Supporting Actress by the New York Film Critics Circle, Best Breakthrough Performance from the National Board of Review, runner up for the Los Angeles Critics Association's Supporting Actress prize. She also won the Pauline Kael Breakout Award from the Florida Film Critics and an Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award for Breakout Performance. "Dreamgirls" also stars Anika Noni Rose as Lorrell Robinson, Jamie Foxx as Curtis Taylor Jr. and Danny Glover as Marty. 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.

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