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Dreamgirls is a 2006 musical drama film, directed by Bill Condon and jointly produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. The film debuted in three special road show engagements beginning December 15, 2006 before its nationwide release on December 25, 2006. Adapted from the 1981 Broadway musical of the same name by composer Henry Krieger and lyricist/librettist Tom Eyen, Dreamgirls is a film à clef of the histories of the Motown record label and one of its acts, The Supremes. The story follows the history and evolution of American R&Bmusic during the 1960s and 1970s through the eyes of a Detroit, Michigan girl group known as "The Dreams" and their manipulative record executive. The film adaptation of Dreamgirls stars Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, and Jennifer Hudson. The film also features Danny Glover,Anika Noni Rose, and Keith Robinson. Produced by Laurence Mark, the film's screenplay was adapted by director Bill Condon from the original Broadway book by Tom Eyen. In addition to the original Kreiger/Eyen compositions, four new songs, composed by Krieger with various lyricists, were added for this film. With a production cost of $80 million, Dreamgirls is the most expensive film to feature an all African American starring cast in American cinema history. Upon its release, the film garnered acclaim from critics, and earned $154 million at the international box office. Dreamgirls also received a number of accolades, including three awards at the 64th Golden Globe Awards ceremony, including Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and two Oscars at the 79th Academy Awards. This film was the debut of Grammy award winning singer and American Idolcontestant Jennifer Hudson as an actress.
As in the original stage musical, the plot of Dreamgirls is broken up into two acts: the first taking place from 1962 to 1966, and the second taking place from 1973 to 1975.
Backstage at an amateur talent show at the Detroit Theater in 1962, Cadillac salesman Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Jamie Foxx) meets a girl group known as "The Dreamettes": lead singer Effie White (Jennifer Hudson), and back-up singers Deena Jones (Beyoncé Knowles), and Lorrell Robinson (Anika Noni Rose). Curtis presents himself as the Dreamettes' new manager and arranges for the Dreamettes to become backup singers for local R&B star Jimmy "Thunder" Early (Eddie Murphy). With ambitions of making black singers mainstream successes among white audiences, Curtis starts his own record label, Rainbow Records, out of his Detroit car dealership, and appoints Effie's brother, C.C. (Keith Robinson), as his head songwriter. However, when their first single fails after a white pop group releases a cover version, Curtis, C.C., and their producer Wayne (Hinton Battle) turn to payola to make
Michelle (Sharon Leal). and his lack of sympathy upon learning of Jimmy's death. keeping the Dreamettes behind to headline in his place. where "Deena Jones & the Dreams" have become superstars. wanting to avoid being reported to the FBI for his payola operation and many other crimes.C. to take her place. and Lorrell ends their long affair. Act II Eight years later. Angered over Curtis' increasing control over his music. "One Night Only". Effie becomes infatuated with the slick-talking Curtis. transform The Dreams into a top selling mainstream pop act by 1965.Jimmy and the Dreamettes pop stars. His plan falls apart when Deena. As the concert ends. Feeling that Effie's large figure and voice will not attract white audiences. Some time later.C. while Curtis. Inspired by Effie's victory. Curtis eventually drops Effie from the group. Deena Jones & the Dreams give a farewell performance at the Detroit Theater. Curtis appoints the slimmer Deena lead singer and renames the group "The Dreams". while the married Jimmy begins an affair with Lorrell. agrees to give Effie's record national distribution. Deena invites Effie to join the group onstage and sing lead for the final performance of the group's signature song. now also his wife. Jimmy's manager Marty (Danny Glover) grows weary of Curtis' plans to make his client more pop-friendly and walks out. Effie begins acting out. Offstage. living in inner-city Detroit with her daughter Magic. Effie has become an impoverished welfare mother. writes and produces Effie's comeback single. Curtis and C. For the last song of the concert. However. finds evidence of his payola schemes and contacts Effie and C. on the other hand.C. "Dreamgirls". Deena leaves Curtis to make it on her own. Jimmy Early. in 1973. With the aid of new songs and a new more glamorous image. Cast . hiring his secretary. his career neglected due to Curtis' preoccupation with Deena. Rainbow Records has moved to Los Angeles. When Jimmy has a breakdown onstage at Rainbow's tenth anniversary TV special the following year. Curtis drops him from the label. Deena and Effie reconcile. and C. quits and returns to Detroit to find Effie. The two siblings reconcile. Just as the record begins gaining radio play in Detroit. when Jimmy bombs in front of a mostly white Miami Beachaudience. Meanwhile. has descended into drug addiction. Jimmy is found dead in a hotel room from a heroin overdose. Curtis notices Magic in the front row and realizes that he is the girl's father. However. during which he drops his pants in front of the audience and cameras. Curtis uses payola to force radio stations to play a disco cover of "One Night Only" by Deena Jones & the Dreams instead. Curtis sends Jimmy out on the road alone. who has been rebuilding her career in music with Marty as her manager.C. angry over Curtis' control of her career. C. particularly when Curtis' affections turn towards Deena. In the final scenes.
 Deena is a very shy young woman who becomes a star after Curtis makes her lead singer of the Dreams. Knowles was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance. as well as her romantic involvement and later marriage to Curtis. Jackie Wilson. the plus-sized Effie is a talented yet temperamental singer who suffers when Curtis. is a raucous performer on the Rainbow label whom Curtis attempts to repackage as a pop-friendly balladeer. and later drops her altogether. though Deena realizes over time she is a puppet for her controlling husband. based upon Motown star Diana Ross. among other honors. Curtis takes a professional and personal interest in Deena after appointing her lead singer of the Dreams in Effie's place.C. Jimmy's original manager before Curtis steps into the picture. based upon Motown founder Berry Gordy. inspired by Supremes member Florence Ballard and soul singers Etta James and Aretha Franklin. Murphy won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the film. At first romantically involved with Effie. a salesman at Curtis' Cadillac dealership who becomes Rainbow's first record producer and Curtis' henchman. the offspring of her union with Curtis. based upon Supremes member Cindy Birdsong. With the help of Jimmy's old manager Marty.. White. Keith Robinson as C. (Clarence Conrad) serves as the main songwriter for first the Dreams and later the entire Rainbow roster. This. Hinton Battle as Wayne. Sharon Leal as Michelle Morris. inspired by Supremes member Mary Wilson. Jr. and later to Effie as well. replaces her as lead singer of the Dreams and his love interest. the man she loves. Jimmy's stardom fades as the Dreams' stardom rises. Musical numbers Act I Act II . Effie's soft-spoken younger brother C. Danny Glover as Marty Madison. Hudson won the Golden Globe Award and theAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actress.C. draw Effie's ire. Anika Noni Rose as Lorrell Maya Robinson. and songwriter Smokey Robinson. inspired by Motown vice president. Marty serves as both counsel and confidant to Jimmy. inspired by R&B/soul singers such as James Brown.'s love interest. Jr. Curtis is a slick Cadillac dealer-turned-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.C. and he falls into drugs and an adulterous affair with Dreams member Lorrell. Effie attempts to resurrect her career a decade later. Jamie Foxx as Curtis Taylor. and Marvin Gaye. Beyoncé Knowles as Deena Jones. Jennifer Hudson as Effie Melody White. is a goodnatured background singer with the Dreams who falls deeply in love with the married Jimmy Early and becomes his mistress. while raising her daughter Magic. for her portrayal of Effie. Hudson also became the first American Idol contestant to win both major awards respectively. Eddie Murphy as James "Thunder" Early. artist. Curtis' secretary who replaces Effie in the Dreams and becomes C.
James "Thunder" Early & the Dreamettes 1. He cited a need to preserve the integrity of Dreamgirls stage director Michael Bennett's work after his death in 1987. a Broadway musical loosely based upon the story of The Supremes and Motown Records. "Family" . Michelle Morris. Lorrell Robinson.Deena Jones & the Dreams Production Pre-production Since the 1980s and 1990s. "Step on Over" . "Hard to Say Goodbye" .. "Family (Reprise)" . "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" . "It's All Over" .Curtis Taylor Jr. "Heavy" .  present on DVD) 10. . White and Effie White 7. Deena Jones. "One Night Only" . "One Night Only (Disco)" . "Lorrell Loves Jimmy" . which won six Tony Awards in 1982. 14.Effie White 15.Lorrell Robinson 8.Deena Jones & the Dreams 10. White. "I'm Lookin' for Something" . That same year. Wayne. James "Thunder" Early & the Dreamettes.Effie White. 3.Deena Jones 15.The Campbell Connection 6. retained the film rights to Dreamgirls and turned down many offers to adapt the story for the screen. "When I First Saw You" . C.C.The Step Sisters 2. "Fake Your Way to the Top" . "Dreamgirls (Finale)" . "Steppin' to the Bad Side" .The Dreamettes 4.Effie White 13.Jimmy Early. "Listen" . the stage musical's co-financier. "I Want You Baby" . Geffen.. White. who ran his Warner Bros.Effie White 9. "I Meant You No Harm/Jimmy's Rap" Jimmy Early 5.Jimmy Early & the Dreamettes (deleted from theatrical version. Effie White.Jazz Singer 11.-associated Geffen Pictures film production company at the time. and Chorus 8.C. Curtis Taylor Jr.The Dreams 13. "Love Love Me Baby" . C.Dave & the Sweethearts 7.James "Thunder" Early & the Dreamettes 6. Lorrell Robinson. "Effie. "I Miss You Old Friend" .C. "Cadillac Car (Reprise)" . White and Curtis Taylor Jr.Effie White 5. Lorrell Robinson 12.The Dreams 14. "Perfect World" .The Dreams 12. "Cadillac Car" . "Love You I Do" . began talks with Broadway lyricist and producer Howard Ashman to adapt it as a star vehicle for Whitney Houston.Curtis Taylor Jr.C.Deena Jones & the Dreams 11.Tiny Joe Dixon 3.Deena Jones & the Dreams 9. Deena Jones.C. "Takin' the Long Way Home" . "Move" .Deena Jones & the Dreams 2. several different attempts have been made to produce a film adaptation of Dreamgirls. David Geffen. "Patience" .C.C. Sing My Song" . White. and Chorus 4.1. "Dreamgirls" . "I Am Changing" . "I'm Somebody" . C.Deena Jones & the Dreams 16.
The Dreams' hometown—the setting for much of the action—was moved from Chicago to Detroit. the rights to Dreamgirls remained with Warner Bros. Warner planned to go ahead with the film with director Joel Schumacher and screenwriter Tina Andrews  in the late 1990s. after casting was completed. following the success of Touchstone Pictures's Tina Turner biopic What's Love Got to Do with It. After Warner's Frankie Lymon biopic Why Do Fools Fall in Love failed at the box office. and James "Thunder" Early. After sending Geffen the first draft of his screenplay in January 2005. the studio shut down development onDreamgirls. 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. respectively. as Curtis Taylor. on the other hand. Viacom. However. Paramount's parent company. As a result. would purchase DreamWorks. Warner Bros. where the two discussed a long held "dream project" of Condon's — adapting Dreamgirls for the screen. the film was budgeted at $73 million and Warner backed out of the production. Screenwriter and directorBill Condon. brought Paramount Pictures in to co-finance and release Dreamgirls. making Dreamgirls the most expensive film with an all-black starring cast in cinema history. The production ran into problems when Houston wanted to sing both Deena and Effie's songs (particularly "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"). Denzel Washington. Stage to script changes While much of the stage musical's story remains intact. taking the role of co-producer. and Terrence Howard were among the other actors also approached to play Curtis. Jr. following a suggestion by Geffen. Condon's adaptation of Dreamgirlswas greenlit. The completed film had a production budget of $75 million. accepted the role of Jimmy Early after being convinced to do so by DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg. and the film was eventually abandoned. The roles of many of the characters were related more closely to their real-life inspirations. and agreed to co-produce with DreamWorks. both actors with record industry experience. Geffen. the real-life hometown of The Supremes and Motown Records. Foxx initially declined because DreamWorks could not meet his salary demands. Murphy. had retained the film rights to Dreamgirls. a number of significant changes were made. Condon did not start work on theDreamgirls script until after making the Alfred Kinsey biographical film Kinsey (2004).  When Geffen co-founded DreamWorks in 1994 and dissolved Geffen Pictures. met producer Laurence Mark at a Hollywood holiday party in late 2002.who was to portray Deena. During the course of production. who wrote Chicago's screenplay. Will Smith. When offered the part of Curtis. The two had dinner with Geffen and successfully convinced him to allow Condon to write a screenplay for Dreamgirls. Schumacher planned to haveLauryn Hill  portray Deena and Kelly Price play Effie. Casting and rehearsal Mark and Condon began pre-production with the intentions of casting Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. Dreamgirls became . aligning the two studios under one umbrella (and giving the senior studio US distribution rights on behalf of DreamWorks).
was required to wear (and dance in) four and five-inch (127 mm) heels for much of the picture. has a cameo as a jazz singer who performs the song "I Miss You Old Friend. The filmmakers insisted on casting a relative unknown in the role." After Hudson was cast in November 2005. but instinctively cast Hudson after she'd auditioned several times because he "just didn't believe any of the others. R&B star Usher was to have been cast as C."  Hudson was required to gain twenty pounds for the role. significantly shorter than most of her co-stars at five feet and two inches (157 cm). Although rehearsals ended just before Christmas 2005. former Disney star Raven-Symoné. Foxx rethought his original decision and accepted the Curtis role at DreamWorks' lower salary. paralleling the casting of then-21-yearold Jennifer Holliday in that role for the original Broadway production. A total of 783 singing actresses auditioned for the role of Effie White. to help her more fully become the "diva" character of Effie. who was a summer replacement for James "Thunder" Early onstage and here portrays Curtis' aidede-camp Wayne. Rose. who played Lorrell in the original Broadway production. and she and Condon went over Effie's lines and scenes throughout the week." Another Dreamgirls veteran present in the film is Hinton Battle. . and Broadway stars Capathia Jenkins and Patina Miller. the actor at one time had an exclusive contract with that studio. Meanwhile. leading Barrino to telephone Hudson and jokingly complain that Hudson "stole [Barrino's] part. a Broadway veteran and a Tony Award winner. and was cast after a successfulscreen test. R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles lobbied for the part of Deena Jones. Loretta Devine. In casting Hudson. After briefly considering R&B singer Omarion. the emotional center of the story. which she later stated caused her discomfort. but declined. Upon learning that Knowles and Murphy had signed on. Condon called Hudson back for a week of one-on-one rehearsals. Anika Noni Rose. among them American Idol alumnaeFantasia Barrino and Jennifer Hudson. won the part of Lorrell Robinson after an extensive auditioning process. André 3000 of OutKast was also offered the role. the Dreamgirls cast began extensive rehearsals with Condon and choreographers Fatima Robinson and Aakomon "AJ" Jones.C. singer/actor Keith Robinson was eventually cast in the role. Hudson was eventually selected to play Effie. veterans of the music video industry. White. the music production crew began work with the actors and studio musicians recording the songs for the film. While Condon had intended to cast relatively unknown actresses as all three Dreams. which marked her debut film performance. Hudson was required to be rude and come in late both on set and off. but contract negotiations failed: Usher was unable to dedicate half a year to the film project.Murphy's first film for Paramount since 1995. Condon recalled that he initially was not confident he'd made the right decision. The most crucial casting decision involved the role of Effie White.
Jr. 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. maple syrup. and Damon Thomas — to restructure and rearrange the Henry Krieger/Tom Eyen Dreamgirls score so that it better reflected its proper time period. as "And I Am Telling You" was Jennifer Holliday's show-stopping number in the original Broadway musical. By sticking to a highly publicized diet of water. with location work done in the Los Angeles area. Principal photography was completed in the early-morning hours of April 8. Originally scheduled to be shot in one day. and some second unit footage shot in Detroit. and New York City. and she was unable to plausibly lip-sync while hoarse. which she gained back once production ended. 2006 with the filming of dance footage for the first half of "Steppin' to the Bad Side. and cayenne pepper (also known as the Master Cleanse)." footage later deleted from the film. Music "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" MENU 0:00 Performed by Jennifer Hudson. after four days were spent shooting Jennifer Hudson's musical number "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going". Miami. which had purposefully been saved until the end of the shoot. The scene was felt by everyone involved to be pivotal to the film. as Hudson's voice would give out after four hours of shooting the musical number. Dreamgirls musical supervisors Randy Spendlove and Matt Sullivan hired R&B production team The Underdogs — Harvey Mason. Condon was forced to ask for extra time and money to finish shooting the "And I Am Telling You" scene.Principal photography Principal photography began January 6. The film was primarily shot onsoundstages at the Los Angeles Center Studios. Problems listening to this file? See media help. yet also reflected . 2006. lemons. The award-winning Broadway lighting team of Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer were brought in to create theatrical lighting techniques for the film's musical numbers. Knowles rapidly lost twenty pounds.
Reception Premieres. Willie Reale wrote the lyrics for "Patience. various lyricists were brought in by Krieger to co-author the new songs. "Listen" was the first official single from the soundtrack. "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" was the Dreamgirlssoundtrack's second single.C. Sing My Song". composer Stephen Trask was contracted to provide additional score material for the film. After preview screenings during the summer of 2006." and "Listen. The single-disc version of the soundtrack peaked at number-one on the Billboard 200 during a slow sales week in early January 2007. supported by a music video featuring Beyoncé." with lyrics by Siedah Garrett. in both a single-disc version containing highlights and a doubledisc "Deluxe Version" containing all of the film's songs. Lorrell. which was replaced with an alternative spoken version. and general releases .. is performed in the film by Effie during a rehearsal at the Rainbow Records studio. "Perfect World. with additional music by Scott Cutler and Beyoncé Knowles. is performed during the Rainbow 10th anniversary special sequence by Jackson 5 doppelgängers The Campbell Connection. The Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture soundtrack album was released on December 5 by Music World Entertainment/Columbia Records. "Patience". Among this footage was one whole musical number. as the characters attempt to record a message song for Jimmy. and lyrics by Anne Preven. C. is presented as a defining moment for Deena's character late in the film. C. Four new songs were added for the film: "Love You I Do". Though a music video with all-original footage was once planned. "Listen". With Tom Eyen having passed away in 1991." also featuring lyrics by Garrett. "Perfect World. the video eventually released for "And I Am Telling You" comprised the entire corresponding scene in the actual film. During post-production."  All of the new songs feature music composed by original Dreamgirls stage composer Henry Krieger.C. road show engagements. and a gospel choir." a song performed in the film by Jimmy. "Love You I Do. several minutes worth of musical footage were deleted from the film due to negative audience reactions to the amount of music. and Effie's sung reunion "Effie.modern R&B/pop sensibilities.
Sing My Song" scene deleted during previews. An extended "director's cut" is currently planned for release in the future. DreamWorks Home Entertainment released Dreamgirls to home video on May 1. This release made Dreamgirls the first American feature film to have a road show release since Man of La Mancha in 1972. and other previsualization materials and artwork. 2006 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. The film's national release. 2007 in DVD. 2006 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. began on December 25.S.Knowles at the premiere ofDreamgirls Dreamgirls premiered on December 4. screen tests. Dreamgirls debuted with three special ten-day roadshow engagements beginning on December 15. and Blu-ray formats. and the AMC Metreon 15 in San Francisco. and in the United Kingdom on February 2. Similar to the releases of older Hollywood musicals such as The Sound of Music. the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles. HD DVD. Dreamgirlsearned a total of $851. Dreamgirls opened in Australia on January 18. at regular prices. Both the Blu-ray and HD DVD versions were issued in two-disc formats. and West Side Story. The film's Los Angeles premiere was held on December 11 at the Wilshire Theater in Beverly Hills. Tickets for the reserved seats were $25 each. Dreamgirls was the first DreamWorks film to be issued in a high definition home entertainment format. Critical and celebrity reaction . Releases in other countries began on various dates between January and early March. Dreamgirls eventually grossed $103 million in the United States. including the "Effie. production featurettes. The two-disc version also included a feature-length production documentary. and almost $155 million worldwide.664 from the roadshow engagements. the premium price included a forty-eight page full-color program and a limited-print lithograph. playing to sold-out houses on the weekends.. Both DVD versions featured alternate and extended versions of the musical numbers from the film as extras. Outside of the U. animatics. My Fair Lady. The DVD version was issued in two editions: a one-disc standard version and a twodisc "Showstopper Edition". where it received a standing ovation.
and her acting is a great match for that powerhouse sound. Ed Gonzales ofSlant magazine found the entire picture too glossy. with Peter Travers proclaiming Murphy's performance of "Jimmy's Rap" as "his finest screen moment. and print interviews. and Cleavant Derricks. and declared that "the film doesn't care to articulate the emotions that haunt its characters". Vondie Curtis-Hall. stating that "despite transitional bumps. among them Obba Babatundé. cited Jennifer Hudson's and Eddie Murphy's performances as standouts. who originated the role of Effie onstage. remarking that "people are going to love this film. stating that while the film was "a damn good commercial movie. Many of the other originalDreamgirls Broadway cast members. Best Supporting Actress . noting that Jennifer Hudson's rendition of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" as the "showstopping moment of any film of 2006" and very much enjoyed Murphy's performance as well. Roeper still enjoyed the film. Awards Academy Awards 1. radio." Jennifer Holliday. resulting in a 78% composite critical approval rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website. Rent and The Producers botched the transfer from stage to screen. Many reviews. regardless of their overall opinion of the film.Dreamgirls was critically praised. expressed her disappointment at not being involved in the film project in several TV. 2006 episode of the television show Ebert & Roeper. Condon does Dreamgirls proud". Burton 2. with Roeper's reservations that it was "a little short on heart and soul" and "deeply conventional"."  Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter was less enthusiastic." On the December 10. 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. Dreamgirls gets it right. A review for The Celebrity Cafe adds that Hudson's voice "is like nothing we’ve heard in a long time." Television host Oprah Winfrey saw the film during a November 15 press screening. Willie D. Bob Beemer. it is not the film that will revive the musical or win over the world". Richard Roeper and guest critic Aisha Tyler (filling in for the recovering Roger Ebert) gave the film "two thumbs up". and telephoned Hudson on the Oprah episode airing the next day. were interviewed for a Jet magazine article in which they discussed their varying opinions of both the Dreamgirls film's script and production. 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. David Rooney of Variety reported that the film featured "tremendously exciting musical sequences" and that "after The Phantom of the Opera. praising her performance as "a religious experience" and "a transcendent performance". Best Sound Mixing Michael Minkler.
 Three months later. were both nominated for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress. with Holliday winning the award. Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Jennifer Hudson DreamWorks and Paramount began a significant awards campaign for Dreamgirls while the film was still in production. Best Achievement in Costume Design. Best Achievement in Art Direction.Jennifer Hudson Golden Globe Awards 1. Enchanted (2007) has since repeated the feat. Dreamgirls is the first live-action film to receive three nominations for Best Song. By contrast. The presentation of Knowles over Hudson as the sole Best Actress candidate had interesting parallels with the film itself. "When I First Saw You". Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Eddie Murphy 3. the musical sequences "Fake Your Way to the Top". DreamWorks and Paramount began a widespread "For Your Consideration" advertisement campaign. In February 2006.specifically. "Family". Best Director. Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson). respectively. "Love You I Do". Best Achievement in Sound Mixing. or either of the lead acting categories. with most of the cast and crew in attendance. including a live performance of "Steppin' to the Bad Side" by the cast. Dreamgirls received eight 2007 Academy Award nominations covering six categories. yet not be nominated for Best Picture. the press was invited on set to a special live event showcasing the making of the film. and "Patience"). The film's nominations included Best Supporting Actor (Eddie Murphy). raising several eyebrows by demoting Jennifer Hudson to consideration for Best Supporting Actress and presenting Beyoncé Knowles as the sole Best Actress candidate. 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. Dreamgirls is the first film in Academy Award history to receive the highest number of nominations for the year. the most of any film for the year. twenty minutes of the film . and "Dreamgirls" . In addition. Jennifer Holliday and Sheryl Lee Ralph. Following the success of the Cannes screening. The film's failure to gain a Best Picture or . the actresses who originated Hudson's and Knowles' roles on Broadway. 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. and three nominations for Best Song ("Listen". as opposed to having both compete for Best Actress awards.were screened at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy 2. although it was not nominated for Best Picture.
 For the opening performance at the 2007 BET Awards on June 26 of that year. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts gave the film awards for Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson) and Music (Henry Krieger). Dreamgirls was nominated for eleven 2007 International Press Academy Satellite Awards. others cited a "backlash". and won four of the awards: Best Picture . Dreamgirls was nominated in five categories: Best Picture . Dreamgirls also garnered Screen Actors Guild Awards for Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson) and Supporting Actor (Eddie Murphy). although all three songs lost the award to "I Need to Wake Up" from An Inconvenient Truth. as well as a nomination for its ensemble cast. announced that they would pay the licensing fees for all . Later that night. Dreamgirls also received a record eleven Black Reel Award nominations.Best Director nod was widely viewed by the entertainment press as a "snub" by the Academy. Furthermore.Comedy or Musical. It was also named as one of the American Film Institute's top ten films of 2006. Best Supporting Actor (Eddie Murphy). Best Director (Bill Condon). and Best Sound (Mixing & Editing).Comedy or Musical. Hudson won the BET Award for Best Actress. In what was considered an upset. The film won the awards for Best Picture . The Dreamgirls soundtrack was also nominated for the Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album. winning for Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson) and Outstanding Album (the soundtrack LP). Beyoncé Knowles. Jennifer Hudson.Comedy or Musical. Dreamgirls received eight NAACP Image Award nominations. Some journalists registered shock. 2007. For the 2007 Golden Globe Awards. The Tams-Witmark Music Library. Television or Other Visual Media. 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. Hudson performed a duet of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" with her predecessor." At the Academy Awards ceremony on February 25. As such. Best Supporting Actor. Murphy lost the Best Supporting Actor award to Alan Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine. and Best Supporting Actress. Dreamgirls won Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Sound Mixing. Related promotions and products To give the story more exposure for the upcoming film release. director Bill Condon stated that "I think academy members just liked the other movies better" and that he believed that "we were never going to win even if we were nominated. and won six of the awards. and Best Original Song ("Listen"). At the 50th Grammy Awards ceremony. Jennifer Holliday. Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Hudson). "Love You I Do" won the award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture. On the other hand. Hudson became one of the few actresses ever to win an Oscar for a film debut performance. Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jennifer Hudson). Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical (Beyoncé Knowles). and Keith Robinson performed a medley of the three Dreamgirls songs nominated for Best Original Song. among them Best Film. Anika Noni Rose. DreamWorks Pictures and the licenser of the original play.
2006. as well as the subplot of Deena being forced to star in Curtis' Cleopatra film against her will. In one scene. 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. issued as Gordy 906 in June 1963. Mary Wilson attended the film's Los Angeles premiere.000 subsidizing the licensing. and adapts the film's official script in chapter form. later stating that Dreamgirls moved her to tears and that it was "closer to the truth than they even know".. The Great March to Freedom. In addition. The book was released on October 31. to coincide with the release of the film. Another Dreams LP seen in the film. colleges. Jr.were reworked into Deena Jones & The Dreams album designs. As a result.Let the Sunshine In. reflect both scenes from and the production of Mahogany. a spoken word album featuring speeches by Martin Luther King. the album cover for which is based on Dionne Warwick's 1970 album Very Dionne. This LP is an authentic Motown release. Effie saunters into Curtis' office and discusses Rainbow Records' latest LP. long a critic of the Broadway version of Dreamgirls for what she saw as an appropriation of her life story. . Allusions to factual events Aside from the overall plot of the film and elements already present in the stage musical. community theaters. A later scene features Curtis and the Dreams recording in the studio. recorded by Deena Jones shown in the film. There is also a solo album. studio remained open and active during Detroit's 12th Street Riot in July 1967. along with fourteen pages of photographs from the film. the Tonnor Doll Company released "The Dreamettes" collection. Cream of the Crop. Motown's Hitsville U. featuring dolls of the characters Deena. and Effie. and DreamWorks spent up to $250. On the other hand. Among the more direct references are the uses of adapted Supremes album cover designs for albums recorded in the film by the Dreams. By comparison. or R&B/soul history in general are included in the film. Three Supremes albums . while a riot rages outside. Diana Ross. DreamWorks hoped to encourage amateur productions of Dreamgirls. Just In Time. and Touch . Meet the Dreams. Lorrell. was released on March 27.A. and familiarize a wider audience with the play.non-professional stage performances of Dreamgirls for the calendar year of 2006. denied having seen the film version. entitled Dreamgirls: The Movie Musical. with the only differences in the designs being the substitution of the names and images of the Supremes with those of Deena Jones & the Dreams. 2007. a 1975 Motown film starring Diana Ross and directed by Motown CEO Berry Gordy. The Dreamgirls novelization was written by African-American novelist Denene Millner. Motown. The photo shoot montage which accompanies "When I First Saw You". and other non-commercial theater entities staged productions of Dreamgirls in 2006. many direct references to Supremes.S. The limited edition program guide accompanying theDreamgirls road show release was made available for retail purchase in February. A scrapbook. more than fifty high schools.
 On February 23. though never proven.. Robinson expressed offense at the film's portrayal of its Berry Gordy analogue. Gordy was highly suspected. DreamWorks and Paramount issued an apology to Gordy and the other Motown alumni.Smokey Robinson. offered during the litigation between the label and its chief creative team. a week before the Oscars ceremony. Holland–Dozier–Holland. The payola scheme used in the film's script. adding that he felt DreamWorks and Paramount owed Gordy an apology. Several references are also made to Mafia-backed loans Curtis uses to fund Rainbow Records. In a January 25. to have used Mafia-backed loans to finance Motown during its later years. 2007 interview with NPR. to which Robinson took offense. is identical to the payola scheme allegedly used by Gordy and the other Motown executives. as a "villainous character" who deals in payola and other illegal activities. Curtis Taylor Jr. Gordy issued a statement shortly afterwards expressing his acceptance of the apology. . according to sworn court depositions from Motown executive Michael Lushka. was less than pleased about Dreamgirls' allusions to Motown history. He repeated these concerns in a later interview with Access Hollywood. however.
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