'Dreamgirls' picks up eight Oscar nods, but not for best picture
'Dreamgirls' has earned eight Academy Award nominations. However, to the surprise of many, the film is not in the running for best picture or best director. "Babel" received seven nominations, followed by Spanish-language adult fairy tale "Pan's Labyrinth" and royals drama "The Queen" with six each.
Forest Whitaker, who captured a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland," is up for an Oscar for best actor. Other Golden Globe winners with Academy Award nominations: Helen Mirren for best actress as British monarch Elizabeth II in "The Queen," as well as Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson for their supporting roles in "Dreamgirls." Meryl Streep, up for best actress ("The Devil Wears Prada"), has become the most nominated actor in history with 14 nods.
Visit Oscars.org for a detailed list of nominations. The winners will be announced February 25 in Los Angeles.
For those of you who are Jennifer Hudson fans, she learned of her nomination while in London, where 'Dreamgirls' is opening in the UK. NBC Today Show's Al Roker interviewed Hudson live. She seemed genuinely stunned and speechless. She said she was simply "living in the moment."
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