Movie Dreamgirls tops the list of nominees for the 79th Annual Academy Awards which stars Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, and Danny Glover.
One of the reasons to why the movie got so many nominations is because of the influence the internet placed on the Academy voters and DreamWorks and Paramount’s decision to show about 10 minutes of footage at the Cannes Film Festival last May which helped push it even further creating a buzz.
When the movie did release oddly on Christmas and didn’t get the high numbers in the box office everyone was shocked.
Seems that ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, ‘The Queen’, ‘Babel’, ‘The Departed’, and ‘Letters From Iwo Jimo’ just captured those with another view.
Reports state that because of the way the Academy’s voting is structured, a film can be nominated if it gets votes from one-sixth of the membership plus one more vote. With around 6,000 active Academy members this equals to around 1,001 votes to land a nomination. Which many would have thought it would take around 3,000 to get nominated. Members bascially list the films in order of choice, with the first being the most important. So if a project got only 1,001 Academy members to vote then it would become a nominee.
Dreamgirls is nominated for Actor In A Supporting Role – Eddie Murphy, Actress In A Supporting Role – Jennifer Hudson, Art Direction, Costume Design – Sharen Davis, Music Song – “Listen” Music by Henry Krieger and Scott Cutler; Lyric by Anne Preven, Music Song – “Love You I Do” Music by Henry Krieger; Lyric by Siedah Garrett, Music Song – “Patience” Music by Henry Krieger; Lyric by Willie Reale and Sound Mixing – Michael Minkler, Bob Beemer and Willie Burton.
Inaddition to Dreamgirls, The Pursuit of Happiness starring Will Smith was also nominated for several Academy Awards.
The 79th Academy Awards will air live February 25, 2007 on ABC at 5 PM (Pacific), 7 PM (Central) and 8 PM (Eastern).