The uplifting musical "Dreamgirls" and the cultural drama "Babel" won the top Golden Globe awards on Monday, making them instant front-runners in Hollywood's Oscar race.
"Dreamgirls," which follows the rise of three women singers and closely resembles the ascendancy of all-girl groups like The Supremes, won three awards. "Dreamgirls" nabbed more honors than any other film. It won trophies for best musical or comedy, as well as best supporting actor and actress for Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson, respectively.
Hudson (pictured above in a scene from "Dreamgirls") plays powerhouse singer Effie White. The former "American Idol'' contestant said she based her role on Florence Ballard, the original lead singer for the Supremes, who was replaced by Diana Ross. In the film, Hudson's character, the overweight and volatile Effie, is forced aside after the group begins to get attention.
"Babel," a story of cultural differences and communication failures across borders, earned only one award but it was a big one - best film drama. It entered the Golden Globes as the most nominated movie with seven.
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