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Encyclopedia > Dreamgirls (film)
Dreamgirls
Directed by Bill Condon
Produced by Laurence Mark
Written by Tom Eyen (musical)
Bill Condon
Starring Jamie Foxx
Beyoncé Knowles
Eddie Murphy
Danny Glover
Jennifer Hudson
Anika Noni Rose
Keith Robinson
Sharon Leal
Hinton Battle
Music by Henry Krieger
Scott Cutler
Beyoncé Knowles
Tom Eyen
Siedah Garrett
Anne Preven
Willie Reale
Stephen Trask
Cinematography Tobias A. Schliessler
Editing by Virginia Katz
Distributed by Flag of United States DreamWorks SKG/ Paramount
Flag of United Nations Paramount/UIP
Flag of Argentina Warner Bros.
Flag of Australia 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) Flag of United States December 15, 2006
Flag of Australia January 18, 2007
Flag of United Kingdom February 2, 2007
Running time 131 minutes
Country Flag of United States United States
Language English
Budget $75 million
Gross revenue $154 million [1]
Official website
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Dreamgirls is a 2006 American musical film jointly produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. The film debuted in three special road show engagements beginning December 15, 2006, with a nationwide release on December 25, 2006 and a home video release on May 1, 2007. Dreamgirls won three awards at the 64th Golden Globe Awards ceremony in 2007, including Best Picture - Musical or Comedy, and won two Oscars at the 79th Academy Awards. Image File history File links Acap. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (460x677, 77 KB)Poster artwork © 2006 DreamWorks Pictures This is the movie poster for the movie in question. ... William Bill Condon (born New York, October 22, 1955) is an American screenwriter and director. ... Laurence Mark (born in New York City) is an American film producer. ... 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A period piece set in the 1960s and 1970s with a primarily African-American cast, Dreamgirls is adapted from the 1981 Broadway musical of the same name. The musical was loosely based on the history and evolution of American R&B music during the eras of doo-wop, soul, the Motown Sound, funk, and disco. Dreamgirls contains several allusions to the lives and careers of Motown Records act The Supremes, a connection the film version expands upon.[2] Dreamgirls follows the lives of Effie White, Deena Jones, and Lorrell Robinson, three young women who form an R&B singing trio from Detroit, Michigan called "The Dreamettes". Thanks to manipulative agent and record executive Curtis Taylor, Jr., the Dreamettes become famous as the backing group for soul singer James "Thunder" Early. Conflict arises when Curtis transforms "The Dreamettes" into the pop-friendly "Dreams," particularly when he has Deena replace Effie as both lead singer of the group and as his romantic interest. In the performing arts, a period piece is a work set in a particular era. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Film adaptation is the transfer of a written work to a feature film. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in history. ... Dreamgirls is a Broadway musical, which opened on December 20, 1981 at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway. ... Rhythm and blues (also known as R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences — first performed by African American artists. ... Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in America. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... The Motown Sound is a style of soul music with distinctive characteristics, including the use of tambourine along with drums, bass instrumentation, a distinctive melodic and chord structure, and a call and response singing style originating in gospel music. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ... Disco is a genre of dance-oriented pop music that blends elements of funk and soul music that was first popularized in dance clubs (discothèques) in the mid-1970s. ... Motown Records, also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label originally based out of Detroit, Michigan (Motor City), where it achieved widespread international success. ... The Supremes were a Motown all-female singing group. ... Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Settled 1701 Incorporation 1806 Government  - Type Strong Mayor-Council  - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Area  - City  143. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ...


The film adaptation of Dreamgirls, which had been in development at various times during the 1980s and 1990s, stars Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, and Eddie Murphy. The film also features Danny Glover, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose, Keith Robinson, Sharon Leal, and Hinton Battle. Produced by Laurence Mark, Dreamgirls was written and directed for the screen by Bill Condon, screenwriter of the Academy Award-winning film adaptation of Chicago, working from the original Broadway book by Tom Eyen and the Broadway songs by Eyen and Henry Krieger. Jennifer Hudson, an American Idol alumna who made her film debut in Dreamgirls, won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Effie White. Jamie Foxx (born Eric Marlon Bishop on December 13, 1967) is an American actor, R&B singer, pianist, and comedian. ... Beyoncé Chantelle Knowles (born September 4, 1981) is an R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, fashion designer and model. ... Edward Eddie Regan Murphy (born April 3, 1961, Brooklyn, New York City[1]) is an Academy Award nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and comedian. ... Danny Lebern Glover[1] (born July 22, 1946) is an American actor and film director. ... Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an Academy Award-winning American actress and singer. ... Anika Noni Rose (born September 6, 1972 in Bloomfield, Connecticut) is a Tony Award winning American singer and actress. ... Keith Robinson is an American actor best known for his role in Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue as Joel Rawlings. ... Sharon Leal (born on October 17, 1972 in Tucson, Arizona) is an actress of Filipino and African American descent. ... Hinton Battle (b. ... Laurence Mark (born in New York City) is an American film producer. ... William Bill Condon (born New York, October 22, 1955) is an American screenwriter and director. ... Chicago is an Academy Award-winning 2002 film adaptation of the satirical stage musical Chicago, about celebrity and scandal in Jazz age Chicago. ... Tom Eyen Tom Eyen (August 14, 1940 - May 26, 1991) was a Tony Award-winning, Grammy Award-winning, and Emmy Award-nominated playwright, lyricist, television writer, and theatre director. ... Henry Krieger is an American composer who wrote the music for Dreamgirls, Side Show, and other works of musical theatre. ... AMERICAN IDOL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO DEATH OF SIMON ... // The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ...

Contents

Plot summary

As in the original stage musical, Dreamgirls is broken up into two acts: the first taking place from 1962 to 1965, and the second taking place from 1973 to 1975.

(Left to right) C.C. (Keith Robinson), Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose), Deena (Beyoncé Knowles), and Effie (Jennifer Hudson) in a backstage scene from Dreamgirls.

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Act I

In 1962 Detroit, Michigan, an amateur African-American girl group known as The Dreamettes enters a talent competition at the Detroit Theater. Backstage, the three girls — lead singer Effie White (Jennifer Hudson), Deena Jones (Beyoncé Knowles) and Lorrell Robinson (Anika Noni Rose) — meet Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Jamie Foxx), an ambitious Cadillac dealer with plans of breaking into the music business. Placing himself as their manager, Curtis arranges for the Dreamettes to tour as backup for chitlin' circuit R&B star James "Thunder" Early (Eddie Murphy), by striking a deal with Marty (Danny Glover), Jimmy's manager. Nickname: Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Location in Wayne County, Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Settled 1701 Incorporation 1806 Government  - Type Strong Mayor-Council  - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Area  - City  143. ... Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an Academy Award-winning American actress and singer. ... Beyoncé Chantelle Knowles (born September 4, 1981) is an R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, fashion designer and model. ... Anika Noni Rose (born September 6, 1972 in Bloomfield, Connecticut) is a Tony Award winning American singer and actress. ... Jamie Foxx (born Eric Marlon Bishop on December 13, 1967) is an American actor, R&B singer, pianist, and comedian. ... Cadillac is a brand of luxury vehicles, part of General Motors, produced and mostly sold in the United States and Canada. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Edward Eddie Regan Murphy (born April 3, 1961, Brooklyn, New York City[1]) is an Academy Award nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and comedian. ... Danny Lebern Glover[1] (born July 22, 1946) is an American actor and film director. ...


Hoping to help Jimmy and the girls cross over to mainstream audiences, Curtis starts Rainbow Records ("The Sound of Tomorrow"), a record label based in his car dealership's office. He then makes Effie's brother, C.C. (Keith Robinson), his head songwriter. When Rainbow's first single fails after a white pop group releases a cover version, Curtis, his sidekick Wayne (Hinton Battle), and C.C. turn to payola. By paying the right people, they manage to get Jimmy and the Dreamettes to the top of the charts and into gigs at both the Apollo Theater and high-end supper clubs. Off-stage, Effie quickly becomes infatuated with the slick-talking Curtis while Jimmy, a married man, begins an adulterous affair with an equally lovesick Lorrell. Keith Robinson is an American actor best known for his role in Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue as Joel Rawlings. ... Hinton Battle (b. ... It has been suggested that Pay to Play#In Music be merged into this article or section. ... Apollo Theater marquee, c. ... A supper club is a style of casual dining establishment which originally appeared in the U.S. in the 1930s and 1940s as a public dining-out experience primarily open only for the evening meal of supper. ...


Marty grows weary of Curtis's plans to make Jimmy's image and sound more pop-friendly and eventually walks out on Jimmy. However, when Jimmy bombs in front of an all-white Miami Beach supper club audience, Curtis shifts his attention back to the Dreamettes. Feeling that Effie's voice is too "special" (read: black) and her figure too large to attract white audiences, Curtis appoints the slimmer and softer-voiced Deena as the lead singer of the Dreamettes. Effie is deeply hurt by this, but is convinced to go along with it just the same. Miami Beach is a city located in Miami-Dade County, Florida. ...


With the aid of new songs and a more glamorous image, Curtis and C.C. transform The Dreamettes into The Dreams, a top selling pop act whose popularity comes to rival that of The Beatles by 1965. However, the betrayed Effie does not take kindly to being reduced to Deena's backup and begins acting out when Curtis's affections also turn towards Deena. Effie misses rehearsals for the Dreams' Las Vegas debut in order to visit a clinic, where she learns she is pregnant. Once Effie makes it to Las Vegas, she finds that Curtis has replaced her with Rainbow's secretary, Michelle Morris (Sharon Leal). Despite her emotional appeal to Curtis, Effie is left behind as Deena Jones & the Dreams - as the group is now known - push on without her. The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. ... This article is about the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. ... Sharon Leal (born on October 17, 1972 in Tucson, Arizona) is an actress of Filipino and African American descent. ...

Ratings
Australia:  M
Brazil:  12
Canada (BC/SK):  PG
Ireland:  12A
Singapore:  PG
United Kingdom:  12A
United States:  PG-13

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Act II

Eight years later, Effie is a depressed welfare mother and her career in music is over due to alcoholism. She and her eight-year-old daughter Magic (Mariah I. Wilson) live alone in the burnt-out inner city of 1974 Detroit with only Effie's father Ronald (Alexander Folk) to look in on them. On the other hand, Rainbow Records has moved to Los Angeles where it prospers with Deena Jones & the Dreams and many other pop acts. Wanting to expand his empire into film, Curtis plans to have an unwilling Deena, now his wife, star in a blaxploitation musical version of Cleopatra. Hoping that the struggling film project will never get off the ground, Deena begins secretly meeting with other studios to take a part in another film. Welfare has several meanings: Welfare, the good fortune, health, happiness, prosperity, etc. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Shaft (1971) Blaxploitation is a film genre that emerged in the United States in the early 1970s when many exploitation films were made that targeted the urban African American audience; the word itself is a portmanteau of the words “black” and “exploitation. ... Cleopatra is a 1963 film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. ...


Though still part of the Rainbow roster, Jimmy Early's star has long faded, and Curtis has little interest in revitalizing his career. Unsatisfied with both his wife Melba (Dawnn Lewis) and his long-term mistress Lorrell, Jimmy turns to drugs for affection. Meanwhile, C.C. continues to reach out to Effie, who stubbornly ignores the letters and money he sends. Eventually, Effie swallows her pride and, with Marty as her manager, returns to singing and secures gigs at a small Detroit club run by Max Washington (Ken Page). Dawnn Lewis (born August 13, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American actress, best known for her roles on sitcoms such as A Different World and in the first season of Hangin with Mr. ... Ken Page (born in January 20, 1954) is an actor from St. ...


In 1974, Rainbow Records hosts a tenth anniversary TV special. Midway through his set, Jimmy breaks down onstage and launches into a wild James Brown-esque funk number, dropping his pants on live TV. Curtis resultantly terminates Jimmy's contract, and Lorrell, weary of their eight-year affair, leaves Jimmy behind as well. Some time later, Jimmy dies of a heroin overdose. James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006),[3] commonly referred to as The Godfather of Soul and The Hardest Working Man in Show Business, was an American entertainer recognized as one of the most influential figures in 20th century popular music. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ... Heroin ((INN) Diacetylmorphine, (BAN) diamorphine) is an opioid synthesized directly from the extracts of the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum. ...


Angry over Jimmy's death and frustrated with Curtis's attempts to "drain the soul" out of his music to create a "new sound" (disco), C.C. walks out on Rainbow Records and heads back to Detroit and to Effie. The two siblings reconcile at a wake for Jimmy and work together to produce Effie's comeback single, "One Night Only". Just as the record begins gaining radio play in Detroit, however, Curtis strikes. Using payola, he forces radio DJs to play a disco cover of "One Night Only" by Deena Jones & the Dreams instead of Effie's original. Disco is a genre of dance-oriented pop music that blends elements of funk and soul music that was first popularized in dance clubs (discothèques) in the mid-1970s. ... A wake is a ceremony associated with death. ... One Night Only is a song from the 1981 Broadway musical Dreamgirls, with lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger. ...


Curtis has also learned of Deena's covert meetings with other film producers and asserts his control over his wife. Rebuffed, Deena sneaks into Curtis' office, where she discovers evidence of Curtis' payola schemes and finds a copy of Effie's version of "One Night Only". She calls Effie and C.C., who arrive at the Rainbow offices with Marty and a lawyer. As Deena and Effie reconcile, Curtis works out a deal with the lawyer to avoid being reported to the FBI for payola: Rainbow Records will fund a new label for C.C., which will allow Effie's record national distribution. Curtis then confronts Deena only to find that Effie's victory has inspired Deena to leave him and make it on her own. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency, and the primary investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ...


As a result, Deena Jones & the Dreams give a farewell performance at the Detroit Theater. At the conclusion of the concert, Effie joins Deena, Lorrell, and Michelle onstage and the reunited Dreams give one final performance of their signature song, "Dreamgirls", with Effie singing lead. As the concert ends, Curtis notices Magic in the front row and realizes that he is the girl's father.





Production history

Deena, Lorrell, and Effie backup R&B star James "Thunder" Early (Eddie Murphy) in concert during the "Steppin' to the Bad Side" sequence from Dreamgirls.

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Pre-production

Since the 1980s, several different attempts have been made to produce a film adaptation of Dreamgirls, a Broadway musical loosely based upon the story of The Supremes and Motown Records, which won six Tony Awards in 1982. David Geffen, the stage musical's co-financier, retained the film rights to Dreamgirls and turned down many offers to adapt the story for the screen. He cited a need to preserve the integrity of Dreamgirls stage director Michael Bennett's work after his 1987 death.[3] In 1987, Geffen, who ran his Warner Bros.-associated Geffen Pictures film production company at the time, began talks with Broadway lyricist and producer Howard Ashman to adapt it as a star vehicle for Whitney Houston, who was to portray Deena. The production ran into problems when Houston wanted to sing both Deena's and Effie's songs (particularly "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"), and the film was eventually abandoned.[4] The Supremes were a Motown all-female singing group. ... Motown Records, also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label originally based out of Detroit, Michigan (Motor City), where it achieved widespread international success. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award® but is formally the Antoinette Perry Award is an annual American award celebrating achievements in theater, including musical theater. ... David Lawrence Geffen (born February 21, 1943) is a record executive, film and theatrical producer, and philanthropist. ... Bennett on the cover of his 1990 biography by Kevin Kelly Michael Bennett (April 8, 1943 - July 2, 1987) was a Tony Award-winning American musical theater director, writer, choreographer, and dancer. ... Warner Bros. ... David Geffen (born February 21, 1943) is an American music producer and gay record executive. ... Howard Ashman (b. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...


When David Geffen co-founded DreamWorks SKG in 1994 and dissolved Geffen Pictures, the rights to Dreamgirls remained with Warner Bros. Warner planned to go ahead with the film, to have been directed by Joel Schumacher, in the late 1990s following the success of the Tina Turner biopic What's Love Got to Do with It. Schumacher planned to have Lauryn Hill portray Deena, with Kelly Price as Effie. After Warner's Frankie Lymon biopic Why Do Fools Fall in Love failed at the box office, the studio shut down development on Dreamgirls.[4] Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939) is an American film director, writer, and producer. ... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939) is a seven-time Grammy Award-winning African-American rock (one grammy win with ex-husband Ike, six as a solo artist, and one win by Whats Love Got to Do With It songwriters Graham Lyle and Terry Britten... Whats Love Got to Do with It is a 1993 biographical film which tells the life story of Tina Turner. ... Lauryn Noel Hill (born May 25, 1975) is an eight-time Grammy award winning musician, and record producer. ... Kelly Price on the cover of her 2003 album Priceless Kelly Price (born April 4, 1973 in Queens, New York) is a Grammy Award-nominated American R&B and soul singer, the flagship female artist on the Def Soul label. ... Frank Joseph Frankie Lymon (September 30, 1942 – February 27, 1968) was an African-American rock and roll//R&B singer, best known as the boy soprano lead singer of a New York City-based early rock and roll group called The Teenagers. ... Why Do Fools Fall in Love is a 1998 romantic drama, written by Tina Andrews and directed by Gregory Nava. ...


DreamWorks' Dreamgirls adaptation came about after the film version of the Broadway musical Chicago was a success at both the box office and the Academy Awards. Screenwriter and director Bill Condon, who wrote the screenplay for Chicago, met producer Laurence Mark at a Hollywood party in 2002, where the two discussed a long held "dream project" of Condon's - adapting Dreamgirls for the screen. The two had dinner with Geffen and successfully convinced him to greenlight Condon's adaptation of Dreamgirls. [5] Chicago is an Academy Award-winning 2002 film adaptation of the satirical stage musical Chicago, about celebrity and scandal in Jazz age Chicago. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... William Bill Condon (born New York, October 22, 1955) is an American screenwriter and director. ... Laurence Mark (born in New York City) is an American film producer. ...


Stage to script changes

While much of the stage musical's story remains intact, a number of significant changes were made. The Dreams' hometown - the setting for much of the action - was moved from Chicago to Detroit, the real-life hometown of The Supremes and Motown Records. The roles of many of the characters are related more closely to their real-life inspirations, following a suggestion by Geffen.[3] For example, Curtis Taylor's music empire expands beyond Deena Jones & the Dreams, to more closely resemble that of Berry Gordy's Motown; and C.C. White, as the head of songwriting and production at Rainbow Records, is more clearly a Smokey Robinson analogue than he was in the original play. Other changes include the relocating of the talent show which opens the film from the Apollo Theater Amatuer Night to a local showcase in Detroit. Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... The Supremes were a Motown all-female singing group. ... Motown Records, also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label originally based out of Detroit, Michigan (Motor City), where it achieved widespread international success. ... Berry Gordy, Jr. ... William Smokey Robinson, Sr. ... Apollo Theater marquee, c. ...


Warner Bros. had retained the film rights to Dreamgirls, and agreed to co-produce the film with DreamWorks. However, after casting was completed, the film was budgeted at $73 million and Warner backed out of the production. Geffen, taking the role of co-producer, brought Paramount Pictures in to co-finance and release Dreamgirls. During the course of production, Paramount's parent company, Viacom, would purchase DreamWorks, aligning the two studios under one umbrella.[3] The completed film had a production budget of $75 million, making Dreamgirls the most expensive film with an all-black starring cast in cinema history. [6] Viacom (NYSE: VIA) (NYSE: VIAb) is an American media conglomerate with various worldwide interests in cable and satellite television networks (MTV Networks and BET), and movie production and distribution (the Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks movie studios). ...


Casting and rehearsal

Jamie Foxx was the first actor approached to play Curtis Taylor, Jr. However, the actor turned the part down because DreamWorks could not meet his salary demands. Denzel Washington, Will Smith, and Terrence Howard were among the actors approached to play Curtis after Foxx turned down the part.[7] In the meantime, R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles was cast as Deena Jones and comedian Eddie Murphy, who had a brief musical career in the 1980s, was cast as James "Thunder" Early after DreamWorks chairman. As a result, Dreamgirls became Murphy's first film for Paramount since 1995; the actor at one time had an exclusive contract with the studio. Jamie Foxx (born Eric Marlon Bishop on December 13, 1967) is an American actor, R&B singer, pianist, and comedian. ... Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Terrence Dashon Howard (born March 11, 1969) is an Academy Award-nominated American film and stage actor. ... Edward Eddie Regan Murphy (born April 3, 1961, Brooklyn, New York City[1]) is an Academy Award nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and comedian. ...


Upon learning that Knowles and Murphy had signed on, Foxx rethought his original decision and accepted the role at DreamWorks' lower salary.[8] R&B star Usher was to have been cast as C.C. White,[9] but contract negotiations failed: Usher was unable to dedicate half a year to the film project. Rapper Andre 3000 was also offered the role, but declined.[10] After briefly considering R&B singer Omarion,[11] singer/actor Keith Robinson was cast in the role.[12] Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978), is an American R&B/pop singer and actor who rose to fame in the mid-late 1990s. ... Andr 3000 (born Andr Benjamin on May 27, 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an African American hip hop artist and producer; one half of the successful and avant-garde hip-hop duo OutKast. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Keith Robinson is an American actor best known for his role in Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue as Joel Rawlings. ...


Anika Noni Rose, a Broadway veteran and a Tony Award winner, won the part of Lorrell Robinson after an extensive auditioning process. Rose, significantly shorter than most of her co-stars at five feet and two inches, was required to wear (and dance in) four and five-inch heels for much of the picture, which she later stated caused her discomfort.[8] This is not Rose's first screen appearance with an American Idol contestant; she was also in the unsuccessful From Justin to Kelly with Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini. Anika Noni Rose (born September 6, 1972 in Bloomfield, Connecticut) is a Tony Award winning American singer and actress. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Anika Noni Rose, Katherine Bailess and Kelly Clarkson in From Justin to Kelly. ... Kelly Brianne Clarkson (born April 24, 1982 in Fort Worth, Texas) is an American singer-songwriter who has enjoyed success in the pop genres. ... Justin Guarini (born Justin Eldrin Bell on October 28, 1978 in Columbus, Georgia) is a singer/songwriter, actor who rose to fame in 2002, as the first runner-up on the debut season of the television show “American Idol”. His father, Eldrin Bell, is a former Atlanta Chief of Police. ...


The most crucial casting decision involved the role of Effie White, the emotional center of the story. It was decided that a relative unknown would be cast, paralleling the casting of then-21-year-old Jennifer Holliday in that role for the original Broadway production. Seven hundred eighty-three singing actresses auditioned for the role of Effie White, with two of the top contenders being American Idol alumnae Fantasia Barrino and Jennifer Hudson. Hudson was eventually selected to play Effie, [13][14] and was required to gain twenty pounds for the role.[15] Jennifer Holliday (born Jennifer-Yvette Holliday on October 19, 1960 in Riverside, Texas) is an American singer and actress. ... AMERICAN IDOL HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO DEATH OF SIMON ... Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984), or simply Fantasia, is an award-winning, American pop, R&B, soul singer and Broadway actress who rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the television series American Idol in 2004. ... Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an Academy Award-winning American actress and singer. ...


After Hudson was cast in November 2005, the Dreamgirls cast began extensive rehearsals with Condon and choreographer Fatima Robinson, a veteran of the music video industry. [16] Meanwhile, the music production crew began work with the actors and studio musicians recording the songs for the film. Although rehearsals ended just before Christmas 2005, Bill Condon called Hudson back for a week of one-on-one rehearsals, to help her more fully become the "diva" character of Effie. Hudson was required to be rude and come in late both on set and off, and she and Condon went over Effie's lines and scenes throughout the week.[8] Fatima Robinson is a noted music video director and choreographer. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Maria Callas, one of the greatest divas in 20th century Opera. ...


Loretta Devine, who played Lorrell in the original Broadway play, has a cameo in the film as a jazz singer who performs the song "I Miss You, Old Friend". Another Dreamgirls veteran present in the film is Hinton Battle, who was a summer replacement for James "Thunder" Early onstage and here portrays Curtis' aide-de-camp Wayne. Loretta Devine Loretta Devine (born August 21, 1949 in Houston, Texas) is an American actress. ... Hinton Battle (b. ...


Principal photography

Principal photography on Dreamgirls began January 6, 2006 with the filming of dance footage for the first half of "Steppin' to the Bad Side", footage later deleted from the film. [17] The film was primarily shot on soundstages at the Los Angeles Center Studios, with location work done in the Los Angeles area, and some second unit footage shot in Detroit, Miami, and New York City. [17] The award-winning Broadway lighting team of Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer were brought in to create theatrical lighting techniques for the film's musical numbers.[18] January 6 is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 359 days (360 in leap years) remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... A sound stage is a hangar-like structure, building or room, that is soundproof for the production of theatrical motion pictures and television, usually inside a movie studio. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... In film, the second unit is a separate team that shoots footage which is of lesser importance for the final motion picture, as opposed to the first unit, which shoots all scenes involving actors, or at least the stars of the film. ... Jules Fisher (born November 12, 1937) in Norristown, Pennsylvania is a prolific, award-winning, lighting designer and producer. ...


Beyoncé Knowles elected to lose weight to give the mature Deena Jones of the 1970s a different look than the younger version of the character. By sticking to a highly publicized diet of water and cayenne pepper (known as the Master Cleanse), Knowles rapidly lost twenty pounds, which she gained back once production ended.[19] Principal photography was completed in the early-morning hours of April 8, 2006, after four days were spent shooting Jennifer Hudson's production number "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going", which had been saved until the end of the shoot. [17] The Master Cleanse detox diet, also known as the Lemonade Diet was created by Stanley Burroughs in 1941 and made popular by Peter Glickman through his book Lose Weight, Have More Energy and Be Happier in 10 Days, which adapts Burroughs regimen to a modern audience. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year (99th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Music

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Dreamgirls musical supervisors Randy Spendlove and Matt Sullivan hired R&B production team The Underdogs - Harvey Mason, Jr. and Damon Thomas - to restructure and rearrange the Krieger/Eyen Dreamgirls score so that it better reflected its proper time period, yet was also made to reflect modern R&B/pop sensibilities. [20] During post-production, composer Stephen Trask was contracted to provide additional score material for the film.[21] Image File history File links JHudson-AndIAmTellingYou-2006. ... Software development stages In computer programming, development stage terminology expresses how the development of a piece of software has progressed and how much further development it may require. ... Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an Academy Award-winning American actress and singer. ... The Underdogs is an R&B/pop production duo comprised of Harvey Mason, Jr. ... Stephen Trask is an award-winning musician and composer. ...


Revising the Dreamgirls score to work on film required the reduction of much of it. Much of the recitative, or sung dialogue, from the original musical was replaced with spoken dialogue. While most of the major musical moments from the stage musical are retained in the film, nine of the thirty-two individual Dreamgirls songs were omitted from the film. Among these are Lorrell's solo "Ain't No Party", "Press Conference", and "Party, Party". Also removed is the musical's choral refrain of "showbiz...it's just showbiz". C.C. and Effie's sung reunion from the second act, labeled "Effie, Sing My Song" for the film version, was shot but replaced with an alternative spoken version after test screenings.[22] Recitative, a form of composition often used in operas, oratorios, and cantatas (and occasionally in operettas and even musicals), is melodic speech set to music, or a descriptive narrative song in which the music follows the words. ...


Four new songs were added for the film, "Love You I Do", "Patience", "Perfect World", and "Listen". All of the new songs feature music composed by original Dreamgirls stage composer Henry Krieger. "Love You I Do", with lyrics by Siedah Garrett, is performed in the film by Effie during a rehearsal at the Rainbow Records studio. Willie Reale wrote the lyrics for "Patience", a song performed in the film by Jimmy, Lorrell, C.C., and a gospel choir as the characters attempt to record a "message song" for Jimmy. "Perfect World", also featuring lyrics by Garrett, is performed during the Rainbow 10th anniversary special sequence by Jackson 5 doppelgangers The Campbell Connection. "Listen", with additional music by Scott Cutler & Beyoncé Knowles, and lyrics by Anne Preven, is presented as a defining moment for Deena's character late in the film. Listen is an Academy Award-nominated song performed by American R&B singer-songwriter Beyoncé Knowles in the 2006 film Dreamgirls. ... Henry Krieger is an American composer who wrote the music for Dreamgirls, Side Show, and other works of musical theatre. ... Siedah Garrett (born June 24, 1960 in Los Angeles California) is an American, R&B singer and Academy Award and Grammy-nominated songwriter. ... The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ... Listen is an Academy Award-nominated song performed by American R&B singer-songwriter Beyoncé Knowles in the 2006 film Dreamgirls. ... Scott Cutler is a USA born musician and music producer. ... Beyoncé Chantelle Knowles (born September 4, 1981) is an R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, fashion designer and model. ... Anne Preven cropped from a promotional photo of Ednaswap. ...


The Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture soundtrack album was released on December 5 by Music World Entertainment/Columbia Records, in both a single-disc version containing highlights and a double-disc "Deluxe Version" containing all of the film's songs. The single-disc version of the soundtrack peaked at number-one on the Billboard 200 during a slow sales week in early January 2007.[23] "Listen" was the first official single from the soundtrack, supported by a music video featuring Beyoncé. "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" was the Dreamgirls soundtrack's second single. Though a music video with all-original footage was once planned,[24] the video eventually released for "And I Am Telling You" was comprised entirely of the corresponding scene in the actual film. A soundtrack album is any album that incorporates music from a particular feature film. ... December 5 is the 339th day (340th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ...


Reception

Premieres, road show engagements, and general releases

Dreamgirls premiered on December 4, 2006 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, where it received a standing ovation.[25] The film's Los Angeles premiere was held on December 11 at the Wilshire Theater in Beverly Hills.[26] December 4th redirects here. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The Ziegfeld Theatre was a Broadway theatre formerly located at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and 54th Street in Manhattan, New York City. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... December 11 is the 345th day of the year (346th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Originally the Fox Wilshire theatre, the 1920s Art Deco structure is a classic Los Angeles landmark. ... For other uses, see: Beverly Hills (disambiguation). ...


Hearkening back to the releases of older Hollywood musicals such as The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and West Side Story, Dreamgirls debuted with three special ten-day road show engagements beginning on December 15, 2006 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles, and the AMC Metreon 15 in San Francisco. Tickets for the reserved seats were $25 each; the premium price included a forty-eight page full-color program and a limited-print lithograph. This release made Dreamgirls the first American feature film to have a road show release since Man of La Mancha in 1972.[27] Dreamgirls earned a total of $851,664 from the roadshow engagements, playing to sold-out houses on the weekends. [28][29][1] The film's national release, at regular prices, began on December 25. Outside of the U.S., Dreamgirls opened in Australia on January 18, and in the United Kingdom on February 2. Releases in other countries began on various dates between January and early March. Dreamgirls eventually grossed $103 million in the United States, and $154 million worldwide.[1] Rodgers and Hammersteins The Sound of Music is a 1965 film directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews in the lead role. ... My Fair Lady is an Academy Award-winning 1964 film adaptation of the stage musical, My Fair Lady, based in turn on the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. ... West Side Story is a 1961 film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. ... Many of the most spectacular films ever made were shown as road show attractions. ... December 15 is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... “New York, NY” redirects here. ... The Cinerama Dome, as decorated for Shrek 2 Pacific Theatres Cinerama Dome at 6360 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood has been a landmark movie theater since its opening on November 7, 1963. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Lithography is a method for printing on a smooth surface, as well as a method of manufacturing semiconductor and MEMS devices. ... Man of La Mancha is a 1972 film based on the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion. ... December 25 is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 6 days remaining in the year. ... January 18 is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... February 2 is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


DreamWorks Home Entertainment released Dreamgirls to home video on May 1, 2007 [30] in DVD, HD-DVD, and Blu-ray formats. The DVD version was issued in two editions: a one-disc standard version and a two-disc "Showstopper Edition". The two-disc version also included a feature-length production documentary, production featurettes, screen tests, animatics, and other previsualization materials and artwork. [30] Both DVD versions featured alternate and extended versions of the musical numbers from the film as extras, including the "Effie, Sing My Song" scene deleted during previews. An extended edition of the film is currently planned for release in December 2007. [31] May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... HD DVD, or High-Definition DVD is a high-density optical disc format designed for the storage of data and high-definition video. ... Blu-ray discs Blu-ray Disc is a next-generation optical disc format jointly developed by a group of leading consumer electronics and PC companies called the Blu_ray Disc Association (BDA), which succeeds the Blu_ray Disc Founders (BDF). ... Screen Test was a British childrens quiz show produced by the BBC which ran from 1969 to 1984. ... Animatics are digital pre conceptions of scenes. ... Pre-visualization (also known as pre-vis, pre vis, pre viz, pre-viz, or animatics) is a technique in which low-cost digital technology aids the filmmaking process. ...


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Critical and celebrity reaction

Reviews for Dreamgirls were generally positive, resulting in a 78% composite critical approval rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website.[33] Rolling Stone's Peter Travers gave the film three and a half stars (out of four) and the number-two position on his "best of 2006" list, stating that "despite transitional bumps, Condon does Dreamgirls proud".[34][35] David Rooney of Variety reported that the film featured "tremendously exciting musical sequences" and that "after The Phantom of the Opera, Rent and The Producers botched the transfer from stage to screen, Dreamgirls gets it right."[36] This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Variety is a daily newspaper for the entertainment industry. ...


On the December 8 episode of Ebert and Roeper, Richard Roeper and Aisha Tyler (filling in for an ailing Roger Ebert) gave the film "two thumbs up", with Roeper's reservations that it was "a little short on heart and soul" and "deeply conventional".[37] Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter was less enthusiastic, stating that while the film was "a damn good commercial movie, it is not the film that will revive the musical or win over the world".[38] Ed Gonzales of Slant magazine found the entire picture too glossy, and declared that "the film doesn't care to articulate the emotions that haunt its characters".[39] Ebert & Roeper (formerly Siskel & Ebert) is a popular movie-review television program starring film critic Roger Ebert and columnist Richard Roeper, both of the Chicago Sun-Times. ... Richard Roeper (born October 17, 1959[1]) is a columnist/film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and, since September of 2000, has co-hosted Ebert & Roeper with fellow film critic Roger Ebert. ... Aisha Tyler (born September 18, 1970 in San Francisco, California) is an American actress, stand-up comedian and occasional writer. ... Roger Joseph Ebert (June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Many reviews, regardless of their overall opinion of the film, cited Jennifer Hudson's and Eddie Murphy's performances as standouts, with Peter Travers proclaiming Murphy's performance of "Jimmy's Rap" as "his finest screen moment."[34] Television host Oprah Winfrey saw the film during a November 15 press screening, and telephoned Hudson on the Oprah episode airing the next day, praising her performance as "a religious experience" and "a transcendent performance".[40] A review for The Celebrity Cafe adds that Hudson's voice "is like nothing we’ve heard in a long time, and her acting is a great match for that power-house sound."[41] Oprah Winfrey, (born January 29, 1954) is a multiple-Emmy Award winning host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest rated talk show in television history. ... November 15 is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Oprah Winfrey Show (also known as Oprah) is an American nationally syndicated talk show, hosted and produced by Oprah Winfrey and is the highest-rated talk show in American television history. ...


Jennifer Holliday, who originated the role of Effie onstage, expressed her disappointment at not being involved in the film project in several TV, radio, and print interviews.[42] Holliday in particular objected to the fact that her 1982 recording of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" was used in an early Dreamgirls film teaser trailer created before production began. Many of the other original Dreamgirls Broadway cast members, among them Obba Babatundé, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Cleavant Derricks, were interviewed for a Jet magazine article in which they discussed their varying opinions of both the Dreamgirls film's script and production.[43] Jennifer Holliday (born Jennifer-Yvette Holliday on October 19, 1960 in Riverside, Texas) is an American singer and actress. ... Obba Babatundé (born December, 1951, in Queens, New York) is an American actor of both stage and screen that is known for an Emmy-nominated performance in the television movie Miss Evers Boys, and NAACP Image Award-nominated performance in the TV movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, and a Tony Award... Vondie Curtis-Hall (born September 30, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan) is an African-American actor and film director. ... Cleavant Derricks is best known as a star of the television series Sliders and should not be confused with the prolific songwriter Cleavant Derricks. ... Jet magazine is a popular African-American publication founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1951 by John H. Johnson of Johnson Publishing Company. ...


Awards

DreamWorks and Paramount began a significant awards campaign for Dreamgirls while the film was still in production. In February 2006, the press was invited on set to a special live event showcasing the making of the film, including a live performance of "Steppin' to the Bad Side" by the cast.[44] Three months later, twenty minutes of the film - specifically, the musical sequences "Fake Your Way to the Top", "Family", "When I First Saw You", and "Dreamgirls" - were screened at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, with most of the cast and crew in attendance.[45][46] The resulting positive buzz earned Dreamgirls the status of "front-runner" for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Picture and several of the other Oscars as well.[47] Poster for 2006 Cannes Film Festival, from the film In the Mood for Love by Wong Kar-wai. ... Front-runner is a term to describe the leader in a race, whether political or atheletic. ... // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ...

Frames from the "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" sequence, featuring Effie and Curtis (Jamie Foxx). Compare with the "And I Am Telling You" performance by Jennifer Holliday and Ben Harney from the 1982 Tony Awards ceremony.
Frames from the "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" sequence, featuring Effie and Curtis (Jamie Foxx). Compare with the "And I Am Telling You" performance by Jennifer Holliday and Ben Harney from the 1982 Tony Awards ceremony.

Following the success of the Cannes screening, DreamWorks and Paramount began a widespread "For Your Consideration" advertisement campaign, raising several eyebrows by demoting Jennifer Hudson to consideration for Best Supporting Actress and presenting Beyoncé Knowles as the sole Best Actress candidate, as opposed to having both compete for Best Actress awards.[14] By contrast, the actresses who originated Hudson's and Knowles' roles on Broadway, Jennifer Holliday and Sheryl Lee Ralph, respectively, were both nominated for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress, with Holliday winning the award.[14] Image File history File links Dreamgirls-film-04. ... Image File history File links Dreamgirls-film-04. ... And I Am Telling You Im Not Going is a song from the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, with lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger. ... Jamie Foxx (born Eric Marlon Bishop on December 13, 1967) is an American actor, R&B singer, pianist, and comedian. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 267 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (320 × 719 pixel, file size: 35 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Jennifer Holliday during the Tony Awards This image is a screenshot of a copyrighted television program or station ID. As such, the copyright for it is... Jennifer Holliday (born Jennifer-Yvette Holliday on October 19, 1960 in Riverside, Texas) is an American singer and actress. ... Ben Harney is a Broadway actor and dancer who was active in his career between 1972 to 1985. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award® but is formally the Antoinette Perry Award is an annual American award celebrating achievements in theater, including musical theater. ... For Your Consideration is a heading frequently used in advertisements in entertainment trade publications such as Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. ... Sheryl Lee Ralph (born on December 30, 1956 in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA) is an African-American actress and singer of Jamaican descent, best known for her work in musical theatre productions such as Dreamgirls, her co-starring role in the 1980s television sitcom Its A Living and as Brandy...


Dreamgirls received eight 2007 Academy Award nominations covering six categories, tied for the most of any film for the year, although it was not nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, or either of the lead acting categories. The film's nominations included Best Supporting Actor (Eddie Murphy), Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson), Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Art Direction, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, and three nominations for Best Song ("Listen", "Love You I Do", and "Patience"). Dreamgirls is the first live-action film to receive three nominations for Best Song; previously the Disney animated features Beauty and the Beast (1991) and The Lion King (1994) had each received three Academy Award nominations for Best Song.[48] In addition, Dreamgirls is the first film in Academy Award history to receive the highest number of nominations for the year, yet not be nominated for Best Picture.[49] The film's failure to gain a Best Picture or Best Director nod was widely viewed by the entertainment press as a "snub" by the Academy.[50] Some journalists registered shock,[51] others cited a "backlash".[52] On the other hand, director Bill Condon stated that "I think academy members just liked the other movies better"[53] and that he believed that "we were never going to win even if we were nominated."[53] Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... // The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... This Academy Award was first given for movies made in 1948 when separate awards were given for black-and-white and color movies. ... The Academy Awards are the oldest awards ceremony for achievements in motion pictures. ... The Academy Award for Sound Mixing is an Academy Award that recognizes the finest or most aesthetic sound mixing or recording, and is generally awarded to the production sound mixers and re-recording mixers of the winning film. ... The Academy Award for Best Original Song is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are songwriters and composers. ... Walt Disney Feature Animation (WDFA) is the animation studio that makes up a key element of The Walt Disney Company. ... Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated film, the thirtieth animated feature produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. ... The Lion King is a 1994 animated feature film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ... Backlash has meaning in both socio-political and engineering contexts. ...


At the Academy Awards ceremony on February 25, 2007, Dreamgirls won the awards for Best Supporting Actress and Sound Mixing. In what was considered an upset, Eddie Murphy lost the Best Supporting Actor award to Alan Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine.[54] Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose, and Keith Robinson performed a medley of the three Dreamgirls songs nominated for Best Original Song, although all three songs lost the award to "I Need to Wake Up" from An Inconvenient Truth. Alan Wolf Arkin (born March 26, 1934) is an Academy Award-winning American actor and director. ... Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 Academy Award-winning dramatic comedy film about a dysfunctional familys road trip to a child beauty pageant. ... I Need to Wake Up is an Academy Award-winning song written for the 2006 documentary film An Inconvenient Truth. ... An Inconvenient Truth is a controversial[2] Academy Award-winning documentary film about climate change, specifically global warming, presented by former United States Vice President Al Gore and directed by Davis Guggenheim. ...


For the 2007 Golden Globe Awards, Dreamgirls was nominated in five categories: Best Picture - Comedy or Musical, Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical (Beyoncé Knowles), Best Supporting Actor (Eddie Murphy), Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson), and Best Original Song ("Listen"). The film won the awards for Best Picture - Comedy or Musical, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.[55] Dreamgirls received eight NAACP Image Award nominations, winning for Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson) and Outstanding Album (the soundtrack LP). It was also named as one of the American Film Institute's top ten films of 2006. The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy has been awarded annually since 1952 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. ... The Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as a separate category in 1951. ... Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 1944 for a performance in a motion picture released in the previous year. ... The Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 1944 for a performance in a motion picture released in the previous year. ... For the main article see Golden Globe Awards. ... The NAACP Image Awards honored the best in film, television and music for 2006. ... The American Film Institute (AFI) is an independent non-profit organization created by the National Endowment for the Arts, which was established in 1967 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act. ...


The film also garnered Screen Actors Guild Awards for Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson) and Supporting Actor (Eddie Murphy), as well as a nomination for its ensemble cast. The film was also nominated by the Producers Guild of America for Best Picture and the Directors Guild of America for Bill Condon's directing. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts gave the film nominations for Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson) and Music (Henry Krieger). Furthermore, Dreamgirls was nominated for eleven 2007 International Press Academy Satellite Awards, and won four of the awards: Best Picture - Comedy or Musical, Best Director (Bill Condon) (tied with Clint Eastwood for Flags of Our Fathers), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jennifer Hudson), and Best Sound (Mixing & Editing).[56] Dreamgirls also received a record eleven Black Reel Award nominations, and won six of the awards, among them Best Film. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Producers Guild of America (PGA) is a trade organization representing the television and film producers in the United States. ... The Directors Guild of America Awards are issued annually by the Directors Guild of America. ... BAFTA Award The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... The International Press Academy is the largest entertainment press organization on Earth. ... The Satellite Awards are an annual award given by the International Press Academy. ... Clint Eastwood (born Clinton Eastwood, Jr. ... Flags of Our Fathers (2000) is the New York Times-bestselling book by James Bradley with Ron Powers about the five United States Marines and one United States Navy Corpsman (Medic) who would eventually be made famous by Joe Rosenthals lauded photograph of the flag raising at Iwo Jima... The Black Reel Awards began in 2000 and were designed to annually recognize and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans in feature, independent and television films. ...


Related promotions and products

To give the story more exposure for the upcoming film release, DreamWorks Pictures and the licenser of the original play, The Tams-Witmark Music Library, announced that they would pay the licensing fees for all non-professional stage performances of Dreamgirls for the calendar year of 2006. DreamWorks hoped to encourage amateur productions of Dreamgirls, and familiarize a wider audience with the play. As a result, more than fifty high schools, colleges, community theaters, and other non-commercial theater entities staged productions of Dreamgirls in 2006, and DreamWorks spent up to $250,000 subsidizing the licensing.[57]


The Dreamgirls novelization was written by African-American novelist Denene Millner, and adapts the film's official script in chapter form, along with fourteen pages of photographs from the film. The book was released on October 31, 2006. A scrapbook, entitled Dreamgirls: The Movie Musical, was released on March 27, 2007. The limited edition program guide accompanying the Dreamgirls road show release was made available for retail purchase in February. In addition, the Tonnor Doll Company released "The Dreamettes" collection, featuring dolls of the characters Deena, Lorrell, and Effie, to coincide with the release of the film. A novelization (or novelisation in British English) is a work of fiction that is written based on some other media story form rather than as an original work. ... October 31 is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Making scrapbooks is a hobby relating to pasting newspaper clippings, magazine articles, photos, usually personal, or other memorabilia into custom-decorated albums, or scrapbooks. ... March 27 is the 86th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (87th in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Allusions to factual events

Aside from the overall plot of the film and elements already present in the stage musical, many direct references to Supremes, Motown, or R&B/soul history in general are included in the film. In one scene, Effie saunters into Curtis' office and discusses Rainbow Records' latest LP, The Great March to Freedom, a spoken word album featuring speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr.. This LP is an authentic Motown release, issued as Gordy 908 in June 1963. [58][59] A later scene features Curtis and the Dreams recording in the studio, while a riot rages outside. By comparison, Motown's Hitsville USA studio remained open and active during Detroit's 12th Street Riot in July 1967.[60][61] The photo shoot montage which accompanies "When I First Saw You", as well as the subplot of Deena being forced to star in Curtis' Cleopatra film against her will, reflect both scenes from and the production of Mahogany, a 1975 Motown film starring Diana Ross and produced and directed by Motown CEO Berry Gordy, Jr.. [62] Spoken word is a form of music or artistic performance in which lyrics, poetry, or stories are spoken rather than sung. ... “Martin Luther King” redirects here. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... Hitsville U.S.A. was the nickname given to Motown Records first headquarters. ... The riot featured on the cover of the August 4, 1967 edition of Time magazine. ... Mahogany is a 1975 feature film, directed by Berry Gordy, produced by Motown Productions and released to theaters by Paramount Pictures. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross[1] on March 26, 1944) is an American singer and actress, whose musical repertoire spans R&B, soul, disco, and pop. ... Berry Gordy, Jr. ...


Among the more direct references are the uses of adapted Supremes album cover designs for albums recorded in the film by the Dreams. Three Supremes albums - Let the Sunshine In, Cream of the Crop, and Touch - were reworked into Dreams album designs, with the only changes to the artwork being the substitution of the names and images of the Supremes with those of Deena Jones & the Dreams. Another Dreams LP seen in the film, Meet the Dreams, is represented by an album cover derived from the designs for the Supremes LPs More Hits by the Supremes and The Supremes A' Go-Go. [63] Let the Sunshine In is a 1969 album by Diana Ross & the Supremes for the Motown label. ... Cream of the Crop is a 1969 album recorded by Diana Ross & the Supremes for the Motown label, the final regular Supremes studio album to feature lead singer Diana Ross. ... Touch is an album by The Supremes released in the summer of 1971 (see 1971 in music) on the Motown label. ... More Hits by the Supremes is, despite its greatest hits album sounding title, a 1965 studio album by Motown singing group The Supremes. ... The Supremes A Go-Go is a 1966 album by Motown singing group The Supremes. ...


Diana Ross, long a critic of the Broadway version of Dreamgirls for what she saw as an appropriation of her life story,[64] denied having seen the film version.[65] On the other hand, Mary Wilson stated that the film moved her to tears, adding that Dreamgirls was "closer to the truth than they even know".[66]


Smokey Robinson, however, was less than pleased about Dreamgirls' allusions to Motown history. In a January 25, 2007 interview with NPR, Robinson expressed offense at the film's portrayal of its Berry Gordy analogue, Curtis Taylor Jr., as a "villainous character" who deals in payola and other illegal activities.[67] He repeated these concerns in a later interview with Access Hollywood, adding that he felt DreamWorks and Paramount owed Gordy an apology.[68] On February 23, a week before the Oscars ceremony, DreamWorks and Paramount issued an apology to Gordy and the other Motown alumnae.[69] Gordy issued a statement shortly afterwards expressing his acceptance of the apology.[69] January 25 is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... NPR logo For other meanings of NPR see NPR (disambiguation) National Public Radio (NPR) is a private, not-for-profit corporation that sells programming to member radio stations; together they are a loosely organized public radio network in the United States. ... Access Hollywood logo used 2001-2005 Access Hollywood is a weekday television entertainment news program covering events and celebrities in the entertainment industry. ...


The payola scheme used in the film's script, to which Robinson took offense, is identical to the payola scheme allegedly used by Gordy and the other Motown executives, according to sworn court depositions from Motown executive Michael Lushka, offered during the litigation between the label and its chief creative team, Holland-Dozier-Holland.[70][71] Several references are also made to Mafia-backed loans Curtis uses to fund Rainbow Records.[72] Gordy was highly suspected, though never proven, to have used Mafia-backed loans to finance Motown during its later years.[73] Holland-Dozier-Holland is a songwriting and production team made up of Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian Holland and Edward Holland, Jr. ... The Mafia (also referred to as Cosa Nostra or the Mob), is a criminal secret society which first developed in the mid-19th century in Sicily. ...


Cast

A Dreamgirls theatrical poster spotlighting Jamie Foxx as Curtis Taylor, Jr.
  • Jamie Foxx as Curtis Taylor, Jr. Based upon Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr.,[74] Curtis is a slick Cadillac dealer-come-record executive who founds the Rainbow Records label and shows ruthless ambition in his quest to make his black artists household names with white audiences.
  • Beyoncé Knowles as Deena Jones. Based upon Motown star Diana Ross,[75] Deena is a naive, sheltered girl who allows Curtis to transform her into the Dreams' lead singer and Rainbow's biggest star.
  • Eddie Murphy as James "Thunder" Early. "Jimmy" Early, inspired by R&B/soul singers such as James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and Marvin Gaye,[74] is a raucous performer on the Rainbow label whom Curtis attempts to repackage as a pop-friendly balladeer.
  • Danny Glover as Marty Madison. Jimmy's original manager before Curtis steps into the picture, Marty serves as both counsel and confidant to Jimmy, and later to Effie as well.
  • Jennifer Hudson as Effie White. Inspired by Supremes member Florence Ballard[75] and soul singer Etta James,[74] the plus-sized Effie is a talented yet temperamental singer who suffers after Curtis, the man she loves, replaces her as lead singer of the Dreams with Deena and later drops her altogether.
  • Anika Noni Rose as Lorrell Robinson. Lorrell, inspired by Supremes member Mary Wilson,[76] is a good-natured background singer with the Dreams who falls deeply in love with the married Jimmy Early and becomes his mistress.
  • Keith Robinson as C.C. White. Inspired by Motown vice president, artist, and songwriter Smokey Robinson,[77] Effie's soft-spoken younger brother C.C. (Clarence Conrad) serves as the main songwriter for first the Dreamettes and later the entire Rainbow roster.
  • Sharon Leal as Michelle Morris. Michelle, based upon Supremes member Cindy Birdsong[78] replaces Effie in the Dreams and becomes C.C.'s love interest.
  • Hinton Battle as Wayne. Wayne is a salesman at Curtis' Cadillac dealership who becomes Rainbow's first record producer and Curtis' henchman.

Dreamgirls also features supporting performances from Mariah I. Wilson as Magic, Effie's daughter; Yvette Cason as Deena's mother May; Ken Page as club owner Max Washington; and Alexander Folk as Ronald, Effie and C.C.'s father. Cameo appearances in the film are made by John Lithgow and John Krasinski as a film producer and his screenwriter, Jaleel White as a talent booker at the Detroit Theater, Dawnn Lewis as Jimmy's wife Melba, and Loretta Devine, who originated the role of Lorrell on Broadway, as a jazz singer in Max Washington's club who sings "I Miss You Old Friend". Image File history File links Dreamgirls-poster-jaime. ... Image File history File links Dreamgirls-poster-jaime. ... Jamie Foxx (born Eric Marlon Bishop on December 13, 1967) is an American actor, R&B singer, pianist, and comedian. ... Jamie Foxx (born Eric Marlon Bishop on December 13, 1967) is an American actor, R&B singer, pianist, and comedian. ... Berry Gordy, Jr. ... Beyoncé Chantelle Knowles (born September 4, 1981) is an R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, fashion designer and model. ... Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross[1] on March 26, 1944) is an American singer and actress, whose musical repertoire spans R&B, soul, disco, and pop. ... Edward Eddie Regan Murphy (born April 3, 1961, Brooklyn, New York City[1]) is an Academy Award nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and comedian. ... James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006),[3] commonly referred to as The Godfather of Soul and The Hardest Working Man in Show Business, was an American entertainer recognized as one of the most influential figures in 20th century popular music. ... Jackie Wilson Jack Leroy Jackie Wilson (June 9, 1934 – January 21, 1984) was an American soul and R&B singer, born in Detroit, Michigan. ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ... Danny Lebern Glover[1] (born July 22, 1946) is an American actor and film director. ... Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an Academy Award-winning American actress and singer. ... Florence Glenda Ballard Chapman, nicknamed Flo or Blondie, (June 30, 1943 – February 22, 1976) was an American singer, and one of the original lead singers of the Motown act The Supremes. ... Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins January 25, 1938 in Los Angeles, California) is an American Blues, R&B and Gospel singer. ... Anika Noni Rose (born September 6, 1972 in Bloomfield, Connecticut) is a Tony Award winning American singer and actress. ... Mary Wilson (born 6 March 1944 in Greenville, Mississippi) is an American singer best known for her work as a member of the Motown soul and pop group The Supremes. ... Keith Robinson is an American actor best known for his role in Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue as Joel Rawlings. ... William Smokey Robinson, Sr. ... Sharon Leal (born on October 17, 1972 in Tucson, Arizona) is an actress of Filipino and African American descent. ... Cindy Birdsong (center) with The Supremes in 1970, on the cover of the Right On LP. Cindy Birdsong (born Cynthia Ann Birdsong on December 15, 1939 in Camden, New Jersey) is an African-American singer. ... Hinton Battle (b. ... Yvette Cason, a television and film actress, is a former Miss Black America from Washington, D.C. She was an understudy for the character of Effie White in the original 1981 Broadway musical Dreamgirls. ... Ken Page (born in January 20, 1954) is an actor from St. ... John Arthur Lithgow (IPA: [ʤɔn lɪˌθ.ĝo]) (born October 19, 1945) is an American actor perhaps best-known for his starring role as Dick Solomon in the NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. ... John Burke Krasinski (b. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle &#8212... Dawnn Lewis (born August 13, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American actress, best known for her roles on sitcoms such as A Different World and in the first season of Hangin with Mr. ... Loretta Devine Loretta Devine (born August 21, 1949 in Houston, Texas) is an American actress. ...


Songs

Act I

  1. "I'm Lookin' For Something" - The Stepp Sisters
  2. "Goin' Downtown" - Little Albert & the Tru-Tones
  3. "Takin' The Long Way Home" - Tiny Joe Dixon
  4. "Move" - The Dreamettes
  5. "Fake Your Way To The Top" - James "Thunder" Early & the Dreamettes
  6. "Cadillac Car" - James "Thunder" Early & the Dreamettes and Dave & the Sweethearts
  7. "Steppin' To The Bad Side" - Curtis Taylor Jr., C.C. White, Wayne, James "Thunder" Early & the Dreamettes, and Chorus
  8. "Love You I Do" - Effie White
  9. "I Want You Baby" - Jimmy Early & the Dreamettes
  10. "Family" - C.C. White, Effie White, Curtis Taylor Jr., Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson
  11. "Dreamgirls" - The Dreams
  12. "Heavy" - The Dreams
  13. "It's All Over" - Effie White, C.C. White, Curtis Taylor Jr., Deena Jones, Lorrell Robinson, and Michelle Morris
  14. "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" - Effie White
  15. "Love Love Me Baby" - Deena Jones & the Dreams

Act II

  1. "I'm Somebody" - Deena Jones & the Dreams
  2. "When I First Saw You" - Curtis Taylor Jr.
  3. "Patience" - Jimmy Early, Lorrell Robinson, C.C. White, and Chorus
  4. "I Am Changing" - Effie White
  5. "Perfect World" - The Campbell Connection
  6. "I Meant You No Harm/Jimmy's Rap" - Jimmy Early
  7. "Lorrell Loves Jimmy" - Lorrell Robinson
  8. "Family (Reprise)" - Deena Jones & the Dreams
  9. "Step On Over" - Deena Jones & the Dreams
  10. "I Miss You Old Friend" - Jazz Singer
  11. "Effie, Sing My Song" - C.C. White and Effie White (deleted from theatrical version, present on DVD)[22]
  12. "One Night Only" - Effie White
  13. "One Night Only (Disco)" -Deena Jones & the Dreams
  14. "Listen" - Deena Jones
  15. "Hard To Say Goodbye" - Deena Jones & the Dreams
  16. "Dreamgirls (Finale)" -Effie White with Deena Jones & the Dreams

And I Am Telling You Im Not Going is a song from the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, with lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger. ... I Am Changing is a song from the second act of the long-running Broadway musical Dreamgirls. ... One Night Only is a song from the 1981 Broadway musical Dreamgirls, with lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger. ... One Night Only is a song from the 1981 Broadway musical Dreamgirls, with lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger. ... Listen is an Academy Award-nominated song performed by American R&B singer-songwriter Beyoncé Knowles in the 2006 film Dreamgirls. ...

Awards

  • Academy Awards
    • Best Supporting Actor (Eddie Murphy) - Nomination
    • Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson) - Winner
    • Art Direction - Nomination
    • Costume Design - Nomination
    • Sound Mixing - Winner
    • Original Song
      • "Listen" (Henry Krieger, Scott Cutler and Anne Preven) - Nomination
      • "Love You I Do" (Henry Krieger and Siedah Garrett) - Nomination
      • "Patience" (Henry Krieger and Willie Reale) - Nomination
  • African-American Film Critics Association Awards 2006
    • Best Picture - Winner
    • Best Supporting Actor (Eddie Murphy) - Winner
    • Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson) - Winner
    • Best Director (Bill Condon) - Winner
  • BAFTA Film Awards[79]
    • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Jennifer Hudson) - Winner
    • Best Film Music (The Anthony Asquith Award) - Nomination
  • Black Reel Awards
    • Best Film - Winner
    • Best Actor (Jamie Foxx) - Nomination
    • Best Actress (Beyoncé Knowles) - Nomination
    • Best Supporting Actor (Eddie Murphy) - Nomination
    • Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson) - Winner
    • Best Breakthrough Performance (Jennifer Hudson) - Winner
    • Best Original Score (Harvey Mason, Jr. & Damon Thomas) - Winner
    • Best Original Soundtrack (DreamWorks SKG/Music World/Columbia) - Winner
    • Best Song, Original or Adapted
      • "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (performed by Jennifer Hudson) - Winner
      • "Listen" (performed by Beyoncé Knowles) - Nomination
      • "One Night Only" (performed by Jennifer Hudson) - Nomination
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association
    • Best Picture - Nomination
    • Best Supporting Actor (Eddie Murphy) - Winner
    • Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson) - Winner
    • Best Acting Ensemble - Nomination
    • Best Director (Bill Condon)- Nomination
    • Best Song "Listen" (Henry Krieger, Anne Previn, Scott Cutler, Beyoncé Knowles)- Winner
    • Best Soundtrack - Winner
  • Golden Globe Awards
    • Best Picture: Comedy or Musical - Winner
    • Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (Beyoncé Knowles) - Nomination
    • Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Eddie Murphy) - Winner
    • Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Jennifer Hudson) - Winner
    • Best Original Song in a Motion Picture ("Listen"; music & lyrics by Henry Krieger, Anne Previn, Scott Cutler, Beyoncé Knowles) - Nomination
  • NAACP Image Awards
    • Outstanding Motion Picture - Nomination
    • Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (Jamie Foxx) - Nomination
    • Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Beyonce Knowles) - Nomination
    • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Danny Glover) - Nomination
    • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Eddie Murphy) - Nomination
    • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Jennifer Hudson) - Winner
    • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Anika Noni Rose) - Nomination
    • Outstanding Album (Dreamgirls Soundtrack) - Winner
  • Satellite Awards
    • Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical - Winner
    • Best Director (Bill Condon) - Winner', tied with Flags of Our Fathers (Clint Eastwood)
    • Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical (Beyoncé Knowles) - Nomination
    • Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jennifer Hudson) - Winner
    • Best Screenplay - Adapted (Bill Condon) - Nomination
    • Best Original Song
      • "Love You I Do" (Henry Krieger, Siedah Garrett) - Nomination
      • "Listen" (Henry Krieger, Anne Previn, Scott Cutler, Beyoncé Knowles) - Nomination
    • Film Editing (Virginia Katz) - Nomination
    • Sound (Editing & Mixing) (Willie Burton, Michael Minkler, Bob Beemer, Richard E. Yawn) - Winner
    • Art Direction & Production Design (John Myhre, Tomas Voth, Nancy Haigh) - Nomination
    • Costume Design (Sharen Davis) - Nomination
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards
    • Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nomination
    • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Jennifer Hudson) - Winner
    • Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Eddie Murphy) - Winner

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See also

Dreamgirls is a Broadway musical, which opened on December 20, 1981 at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway. ... Dreamgirls: Original Broadway Cast Album is the cast album for the original Broadway production of the musical Dreamgirls, which debuted at the Imperial Theatre on December 20, 1981. ... The Supremes were a Motown all-female singing group. ... Mary Wilson (born 6 March 1944 in Greenville, Mississippi) is an American singer best known for her work as a member of the Motown soul and pop group The Supremes. ...

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