"Dreamgirls" Ties for Top Spot in Broadcast Film Critics Noms | Playbill

News "Dreamgirls" Ties for Top Spot in Broadcast Film Critics Noms
The musical film "Dreamgirls" earned seven nominations — tying for the top spot — for the Broadcast Film Critics Association awards, including noms for Best Picture, and supporting performers Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy.

The film, based on the 1981 Broadway musical, also received noms for Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for Bill Condon, Best Soundtrack and Best Song for "Listen" performed by Beyoncé Knowles, who stars in the film.

Also earning seven noms were "Babel," "The Departed" and "Little Miss Sunshine." The awards will be given out Jan. 12, 2007.

Theatre vets receiving noms were Helen Mirren for "The Queen," Judi Dench for "Notes on a Scandal," Meryl Streep for "The Devil Wears Prada," Peter Morgan for his screenplay for "The Queen" and Alan Arkin for his supporting performance in "Little Miss Sunshine."

"Dreamgirls" also stars Anika Noni Rose as Lorrell Robinson, Jamie Foxx as Curtis Taylor Jr. and Danny Glover as Marty. Condon 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."

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