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Dreamgirls
Director: Bill Condon (Dir)
Release Date:   25 Dec 2006
Premiere Information:   Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco openings: 15 Dec 2006
Production Date:   17 Jan--mid-Apr 2006 at Los Angeles Center Studios
Duration (in mins):   130-131
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Cast:   Jamie Foxx (Curtis Taylor, Jr.)  
    Beyoncé Knowles (Deena Jones)  
    Eddie Murphy (James "Thunder" Early)  
    Danny Glover (Marty Madison)  
  and introducing Jennifer Hudson (Effie White)  
    Anika Noni Rose (Lorrell Robinson)  
    Keith Robinson (C. C. White)  
    Sharon Leal (Michelle Morris)  
    Hinton Battle (Wayne)  
    Mariah Wilson (Magic)  
    Yvette Carson (May)  
    Ken Page (Max Washington)  
    Ralph Harris (M.C.)  
    Michael-Leon Wooley (Tiny Joe Dixon)  
    Loretta Devine (Jazz singer)  
    John Lithgow (Jerry Harris)  
    John Krasinksi (Sam Walsh)  
    Alexander Folk (Ronald White)  
    Esther Scott (Aunt Ethel)  
    Bobby Slayton (Miami comic)  
    Jordan Wright (Teddy Campbell)  
    Dawnn Lewis (Melba Early)  
    Jaleel White (Talent booker)  
    Jonell Kennedy (Joann)  
    Sybyl Walker (Charlene)  
  Stepp Sisters: Lesley Nicole Lewis    
    Eboni Y. Nichols    
    Ariké Rice    
    Fatima Robinson    
    Aakomon "AJ" Jones (Little Albert)  
  Tru-Tones: Barsheem Bernard Fowler    
    Anwar "Flii Stylz" Burton    
    Tyrell Washington    
    Rory O'Malley (Dave)  
  Sweethearts: Laura Bell Bundy    
    Anne Warren    
    Ivar Brogger (David Bennett)  
    Daren A. Herbert (Jimmy's piano player)  
    Jocko Sims (Elvis Kelly)  
    Pam Trotter (Rhonda)  
    Cleo King (Janice)  
    Eddie Mekka (Club manager)  
    Alejandro Furth (Case worker)  
    Dilva Henry (TV reporter)  
    Vince Grant (American Bandstand producer)  
    Robert Cicchini (Nicky Cassaro)  
    Thomas Crawford (TV director)  
    Charles Jones (Carl)  
    Robert Curtis Brown (Technical director)  
    Stephanie Owens (Tania Williams)  
    Lorey Hayes (Reporter)  
    Gilbert Glenn Brown (Man with gun)  
    Marty Ryan (Stagehand)  
    Michael Villani (Detroit reporter)  
    Gregg Berger (Chicago deejay)  
    Daniel Riordan (L.A. deejay)  
    David James (Photographer)  
    Paul Kirby (Promo film narrator)  
    Derick Alexander (Security guard)  
    Yvette Nicole Brown (Curtis' secretary)  
  Go-go dancers: Nanci E. Anderson    
    Joelle Cosentino    
    Lisa Eaton    
    Clare Kutsko    
    Tracy Phillips    
    Kelleia Sheerin    
  Campbell Connection dancers: Mykel Brooks    
    Johnny Erasme    
    Cory Graves    
    J. R. Taylor    
  Bad Side dancers: Cornithea "Mario" Henderson    
    Craig Hollamon    
    Reginald Jackson    
    Chuck Maldonado    
    Anthony Rue    
    John Silver    
    Larry Sims    
    Black Thomas    
    Tyrell Washington    
    Kevin Wilson    
    Adrian Wiltshire    
    Earl "Punch" Wright    
    Russell "Goofy" Wright    
  Disco dancers: Dominic Chaiduang    
    Jose Cueva    
    Omhmar Griffin    
    Sky Hoffmann    
    Trevor Lopez-Daggett    
    Cecilio Moctezuma    
    Gabriel Paige    
    Terrance Spencer    
    Tony Testa    
    Quinton Weathers    
    Jull Weber    
    Marcel Wilson    
  Jimmy's band: Stevie Ray Anthony    
    Matthew Dickens    
    Jerohn Garnett    
    Mario Mosley    
    Jimmy R. O. Smith    

Summary: In early 1960s Detroit, childhood friends Effie White, Deena Jones and Lorrell Robinson attempt to participate in a big talent contest, but because Effie, the powerhouse lead singer of their group, The Dreamettes, is late, the girls are told they cannot perform. Curtis Taylor, Jr., an ambitious Cadillac salesman who wants to break into the music business, persuades the manager to allow The Dreamettes to go on. When he sees how talented the teenaged girls are, Curtis finagles them a job as backup singers for James “Thunder” Early, a charismatic R&B performer whose infidelities have cost him his usual singers. Although Effie is reluctant, as she considers singing backup a “trap,” the other girls are enthusiastic, as is C. C., Effie’s brother who is their songwriter and choreographer. They convince Effie to accept and also to allow Curtis to become their manager, and soon the starstruck girls are accompanying Jimmy on a ten-week, cross-country tour. The beautiful but naïve Deena and giggly Lorrell continue to follow the lead of curvaceous, boisterous Effie, whom Curtis has singled out for attention because he knows that she is the most talented. Jimmy attempts to flirt with Lorrell, but Lorrell, knowing that he is married, rebuffs him. After the tour, Effie begins a romance with Curtis, who tells Jimmy that he needs a “new sound” and gets him to listen to one of C. C.’s songs. Marty Madison, a more old-fashioned manager than the cunning Curtis, thinks that the song is low-class, but Jimmy likes the catchy tune and records it with The Dreamettes in a recording studio that Curtis and his partner, Wayne, have erected inside their car dealership. The group watches excitedly as the song moves up the charts, but then, as has happened frequently with other African-American artists, the song is re-recorded by white singers, with the original version being forgotten. Curtis, Jimmy and the girls are distraught, especially when the white group is featured on the influential television show American Bandstand . Determined to obtain more radio coverage, Curtis resorts to payola, the common practice of paying off radio deejays. To obtain the money, Curtis, Wayne and C. C. work overtime selling cars and gamble with the proceeds. Thanks to the bribes, which are recorded by Curtis in a ledger, Jimmy and the Dreamettes’ next song reaches number one. Because of their new prestige, the group is invited to sing at the Apollo Theatre in New York City, where C. C. choreographs an elaborate show for them. Curtis begins his own record label, Rainbow Records, and Effie is proud of his progress when he releases a recording of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Hoping that Curtis will promote her more, Effie records a love song for him, and although Curtis promises her that he will not let her magnificent voice “go to waste,” he cynically assumes that she is too dark-skinned and overweight to be his ticket to fame. Curtis is then confronted by Marty, who is furious that he is trying to book Jimmy into the prestigious, white-owned Paradise Hotel in Miami. Curtis in turn lambastes Marty for being so narrow-minded that he has kept Jimmy trapped in the “Chitlin’ Circuit.” After Jimmy affirms that Curtis is his new manager, the disillusioned Marty storms out. Reiterating his motto that Jimmy needs “a new sound,” Curtis softens his rough, jive style, and when Jimmy and the Dreamettes become the first black headliners at the Paradise, they perform a sophisticated ballad. As the number continues, however, Jimmy cannot restrain himself from breaking into some funky dance steps, and the white audience reacts with distaste. After the show, Lorrell confides in Deena that she has lost her virginity to Jimmy, whom she loves even though he is still married. Curtis then informs the girls that they will be forming their own group, without Jimmy, and be renamed The Dreams because they are now grown up. The girls are thrilled by Curtis’ designs for their new look until he tells them that Deena will sing lead while Effie will join Lorrell in singing backup. Although Curtis explains that the prettier, whiter-sounding Deena will ensure them television exposure, Effie is crushed, protesting that she is the one who has “the voice.” Effie is humiliated when C. C. supports Curtis, but eventually they all persuade her to acquiesce by asserting that she will have more opportunities after they are famous. The hotel soon presents the debut of The Dreams, although even Deena’s mother May has reservations about her daughter’s abilities. Curtis is pleased when May observes that he is treating the malleable Deena like “a product,” and continues to manufacture a polished image for the girls. As time passes, The Dreams become a sensation and fulfill Curtis’ ambition by appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show . Effie is annoyed when Curtis praises Deena during press conferences, claiming that she is the “true story” behind The Dreams, and begins to act erratically. Tired of Effie’s diva-like behavior, Curtis chastises her during a recording session and she declares that she knows he is sleeping with Deena, whom she accuses of stealing her dream and her man. Effie attempts to leave, but outside is stunned into immobility by rioters roaming the streets of Detroit. Curtis tenderly ushers her back inside but continues to favor Deena and criticizes Effie for gaining weight. Although Effie protests that she is unwell, everyone, including C. C., grows irritated by her behavior. Just before an important show, Effie is mortified to discover that she has been replaced in the group by Michelle Morris, Curtis’ secretary. Despite Curtis’ betrayal, Effie begs him to love her, but he turns his back on her. Now christened Deena Jones and the Dreams, the group achieves new heights over the next six years, with Curtis overseeing all aspects of their lives. Curtis and Deena, who have married, live in a Hollywood mansion, although Deena remains lonely and unfulfilled as Curtis builds his music empire. Curtis insists that Deena star in a black-produced film about Cleopatra, despite Deena’s protests that she is too old for the part. Curtis attempts to placate her with vows of love, although Deena suspects that he is not interested in the real her, only in the image he can mold. Meanwhile, Effie, having descended into poverty, is attempting to rear her daughter Magic alone. Effie, who never told Curtis that he was a father, has trouble finding singing work because of her reputation for being difficult and asks Marty for help. While Marty attempts to find Effie a job, Jimmy records C. C.’s latest socially conscious song. Curtis dismisses the song, however, telling Jimmy that success is about selling records, not emoting. Crushed, Jimmy resorts to shooting heroin, much to Lorrell’s dismay. Marty persuades nightclub owner Max Washington to audition Effie, who has been sabotaging herself due to her lack of confidence. When Marty and Max react negatively to Effie’s excuses, she regains some of her former bravado and upon becoming the club’s headliner, draws huge crowds. Meanwhile, in Hollywood, Curtis’ groups participate in a televised tribute for the tenth anniversary of Rainbow Records. Backstage, Lorrell tends to Jimmy, who deals with his personal and professional woes by continuing to get high. Lorrell realizes that Jimmy will never leave his wife, who is in the audience, and he ends her tirade by coldly telling her that he has a show to do. While singing the “mellow sounds” forced on him by Curtis, Jimmy changes tempo, declaring that he must be true to himself. His feisty performance wows the crowd, although Curtis is infuriated when Jimmy finishes by dropping his trousers. Curtis fires Jimmy, who turns to Lorrell for comfort, but she responds that she also has a show to do. Later, at Rainbow headquarters, C. C. upbraids Curtis for “squeezing the soul” out of his songs, while at home, Lorrell learns that Jimmy has died from an overdose. C. C. returns to Detroit but Effie, still hurt, refuses to acknowledge him until he corners her at a wake for Jimmy and explains that his newest song could be a hit if it is sung by her rather than becoming homogenized by Curtis. Effie records the song, “One Night Only,” and it becomes popular in Detroit. When Curtis hears it, he buys up all the copies, bribes deejays not to play it and, without telling Deena of its origin, has her re-record it in a disco version. Effie watches with despair as Deena, Lorrell and Michelle perform the song on television, and later, Deena is distressed when Curtis reprimands her for meeting with a movie director behind his back. Declaring that Deena is nothing but what he made her, Curtis warns her that he will never let her out of her contract. Deena discovers that “One Night Only” originally was Effie’s and, realizing that she is at a crossroads, uncovers Curtis’ ledgers detailing his bribery and mob connections. After Deena contacts them, Marty, C. C. and their lawyer confront Curtis, threatening that if he does not allow Effie’s version of “One Night Only” to be distributed nationwide, they will go public with the evidence of his corruption. Deena, who has reconciled with Effie, leaves Curtis, telling him that she needs a new sound. Soon after, at the farewell performance of Deena Jones and the Dreams, Curtis watches glumly as Deena proudly welcomes Effie onstage to sing with the group. While Effie sings to Magic, Curtis follows her gaze and, in astonishment, deduces that Magic is his daughter. As the audience gives The Dreams a standing ovation, Magic cries with pride at her mother’s accomplishment. 

Production Company: DreamWorks SKG (A Viacom Company)
  Paramount Pictures Corp. (A Viacom Company)
Production Text: A Laurence Mark Production; A Bill Condon Film
Distribution Company: DreamWorks SKG (A Viacom Company)
  Paramount Pictures Corp. (A Viacom Company)
Director: Bill Condon (Dir)
  Steven Jacobson (2d unit dir)
  Richard Graves (1st asst dir)
  Mark Hansson (2d unit 1st asst dir)
  Eric Sherman (2d asst dir)
  Renee Hill-Sweet (2d 2d asst dir)
Producer: Laurence Mark (Prod)
  Patricia Whitcher (Exec prod)
  Jonathan King (Co-prod)
  Leeann Stonebreaker (Assoc prod)
Writer: Bill Condon (Wrt for the screen by)
Photography: Tobias Schliessler (Dir of photog)
  Dino Parks (2d unit dir of photog)
  Jules Fisher (Theatrical lighting des)
  Peggy Eisenhauer (Theatrical lighting des)
  Richard Mortell (Theatrical lighting consultant)
  Maximo Torres (Theatrical lighting coord)
  John Amorelli (Theatrical lighting best boy)
  Roger Lattin (Theatrical lighting best boy)
  Alexander Crow (Theatrical lighting tech)
  Bill Greenberg (Theatrical lighting tech)
  Pat Kerns (Theatrical lighting tech)
  Colin Anderson (Cam op/Steadicam)
  Anthony Cappello (2d unit 1st asst cam)
  Brent Egan (2d unit 2d asst cam)
  Jimmy Jensen (A 1st asst cam)
  John Garrett (A 2d asst cam)
  Chris Moseley (B cam op)
  Brad Peterman (B 1st asst cam)
  Nick Shuster (B 2d asst cam)
  Dino Parks (C cam op)
  Anthony Cappello (C 1st asst cam)
  Brent Egan (C 2d asst cam)
  Larron Julian (Loader)
  David James (Still photog)
  Chuck Weiss (Video op)
  Aaron Kaikko (2d unit video assist)
  Mike Shaheen (24 frame playback op)
  Dave McGraw (24 frame playback op)
  John Buckley (Chief lighting tech)
  Michael Yope (Asst chief lighting tech)
  Scott Barnes (Dimmer board op)
  John Fine (Elec)
  Carlos Baker (Elec)
  Nate Johnson (Elec)
  Allen Harker (Elec)
  George Lozano (Elec)
  Mark Sadler (Elec)
  Brian Bartolini (2d unit gaffer)
  Leonard Segal (2d unit gaffer)
  Gary Dahlquist (Rigging gaffer)
  Doug Weinmann (Best boy rigging elec)
  Mike Anderson (Key grip)
  Malcolm Doran II (Best boy grip)
  Audie Aragon (Dolly grip)
  Melvin Von Bulow (Dolly grip)
  Victor Shelehov (Grip)
  Jeffrey Sweet (Grip)
  Robert Small (Grip)
  Tom Jedrzejczyk (Grip)
  Bill Green (Grip)
  Hector Miranda (Grip)
  Luis Benavides (Grip)
  Don Selsor (Rigging grip)
  Jason Selsor (Best boy rigging grip)
  Rene Gonzalez (Projectionist)
  J. L. Fisher, Inc. (Cam dollies by)
  Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc. (Cam dollies by)
  Kevin Glen (Video cam)
Art Direction: John Myhre (Prod des)
  Tomas Voth (Supv art dir)
  Jann Engel (Asst art dir)
  John Berger (Asst art dir)
  Lisa Vasconcellos (Art dept coord)
  JC Brown (Graphic des)
  Eric Rosenberg (Graphic des)
  Darek Gogol (Prod illustrator)
  Scott Erb (Model maker)
  Brad Parker (Storyboard artist)
  Rusty Dumas (Storyboard artist)
  Gary Thomas (Storyboard artist)
  Raymond Consing (Storyboard artist)
  Felipe Sanchez (Cleopatra illustrations by)
Film Editor: Virginia Katz (Ed)
  Ian Slater (1st asst ed)
  Darren Block (2d asst ed)
  Marilyn Sommer (Negative cutter)
  Alex Romano (On-line ed, Company 3)
  Sal Catanzaro (Asst ed, Company 3)
  AVID Film Composer ([Edited on])
Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh (Set dec)
  Kirk Corwin (Prop master)
  Andy Siegel (Asst prop master)
  Peter Griffith (Asst props)
  Jeffrey Johnson (Asst props)
  Josue Rodriguez (Asst props)
  Tamara Jagerman (Propmaker gang boss)
  Christian Andersen (Propmaker gang boss)
  Connie Gomez (Propmaker gang boss)
  Luis Hoyos (Set des)
  Rich Romig (Set des)
  Mark Weissenfluh (Leadperson)
  Paige Augustine (Buyer)
  Chris Spellman (Buyer)
  Scott Jones (Gang boss)
  Andy Klaiman (Gang boss)
  Jack Blanchard (Set dresser)
  Adam Kirby (Set dresser)
  Sara Philpott (Set dresser)
  Jon Nicholson (On set dresser)
  Leah Palen (Set dec coord)
  Ruben Abarca (Drapery foreman)
  Armando Abarca (Drapery gang boss)
  Stacey McIntosh (Const coord)
  Terry Nagel (Const foreman)
  William Gilpin (Const foreman)
  Greg Lynch (Const foreman)
  Robert Bonino (Const foreman)
  Hugh Conlon (Const foreman)
  Chris Merlin (Const foreman)
  Thomas Klausmeier (Const foreman)
  Brian Tipton (Const foreman)
  Rob Stevens (Const buyer)
  Sharleen Bright (Stand by painter)
  Tom Brown (Paint supv)
  Fred Seibly (Sign supv)
  Lawrence Laurent (Paint foreman)
  Grant Osborn (Paint foreman)
  Eric Saperstein (Paint foreman)
  Stacy Clinger (Paint foreman)
  Alan Alvarado (Gen foreman)
  Peter Brown (Welding foreman)
  Manny Valenzuela (Head labor foreman)
  Freddie Valenzuela (Labor foreman)
  Edward Alvarado (Labor foreman)
  Robert Stegen (Labor foreman)
  Thomas Gibson (Labor foreman)
  Eli Jimenez (Labor foreman)
  Anthony Verrone (Labor foreman)
  Roger Burko (Tool foreman)
  Greg Whitfield (Plaster foreman)
  Larry Linares (Plaster foreman)
Costumes: Sharen Davis (Cost des)
  Carol Cutshall (Asst cost des)
  Elaine Ramires (Cost supv)
  Jodie Stern (Key cost)
  Felipe Sanchez (Cost illustrator)
  Yvonne Bastidos (Set cost)
  Lori Harris (Set cost)
  Mary Lou Lim (Set cost)
  Yaa Boaa Aning (Mr. Foxx's cost)
  Fetteroff Colen (Mr. Murphy's cost)
  Jayne Marie Kehoe (Cost)
  Mary Still (Cost)
  Amy Glenn (Cost)
  Devon Renee Anderson (Cost)
  Carol Beule (Cost)
  Riki Sabasawa (Cost)
  Mitzi Haralson (Cost)
  Leslie Weir (Cost)
  Demetricus Holloway (Cost)
  James Spensley (Cost)
  Fran Murphy (Cost)
  Dahlia Foroutan (Cost)
  Judith Bartnick (Cutter/Fitter)
  Darek Beeman (Tailor)
Music: Tom Eyen (Songs from the orig Broadway prod of Dreamgirls wrt)
  Henry Krieger (Songs from the orig Broadway prod of Dreamgirls wrt)
  Stephen Trask (Orig score and arr)
  Randy Spendlove (Mus supv)
  Matt Sullivan (Mus supv)
  The Underdogs (Songs arr & prod)
  Lenny Wohl (Mus exec)
  Paul Rabjohns (Addl mus)
  Paul Rabjohns (Supv mus ed)
  Jason Ruder (Mus ed)
  Amanda Goodpaster (Addl mus ed)
  Timothy Boot (Vocal sync mus ed)
  Steve Lee (Librarian)
  Paul Bogaev (Vocal supv)
  Harvey Mason Jr. (Mus arr)
  Damon Thomas (Mus arr)
  Randy Spendlove (Mus arr)
  Matt Sullivan (Mus arr)
  Tim Carmon (Mus arr)
  Harvey Mason Sr. (Mus arr)
  Harold Wheeler (Orig Broadway orch)
  Cleavant Derricks (Orig Broadway vocal arr)
  Chris Spilfogel (Mus eng)
  Dabling Harward (Mus eng)
  Aaron Renner (Mus eng)
  Riley Mackin (Mus eng)
  Deborah Lurie (Addl mus and string arr)
  David Campbell (String arr)
  Jerry Hey (Horn arr)
  Damon Intrabartolo (Orch and cond)
  Eric Dawkins (Choirmaster)
  Manny Marroquin (Mixing eng)
  Jared Robbins (Asst mixing eng)
  Jolie Levine (Mus contractor)
  Ivy Skoff (Mus contractor)
  Charles Jones (Rehearsal pianist)
  Tony Moore (Rehearsal drummer)
Sound: Richard E. Yawn (Supv sd ed/Sd des)
  Josie Nericcio (1st asst sd ed)
  Mark Coffey (Asst sd ed)
  Michael Minkler (Re-rec mixer)
  Bob Beemer (Re-rec mixer)
  Todd A-O Lantana (Re-rec at)
  Willie Burton (Prod sd mixer)
  Marvin Lewis (Boom op)
  Mark Agostino (Audio playback)
  Gary Theard (Utility sd)
  Eddie Bydalek (Recordist)
  Technicolor Sound Services (Sd editorial by)
  George Simpson (Sd eff ed)
  Donald Flick (Sd eff ed)
  David Esparza (Sd eff ed)
  Robert Ulrich (Supv ADR ed)
  Kimberly L. Voigt (Dial ed)
  Mike Hopkins (Dial ed)
  Thomas Small (Supv Foley ed)
  Shawn Sykora (Foley ed)
  Chris Moriana (Foley artist)
  Katherine Harper (Foley artist)
  Darrin Mann (Foley mixer)
  L.A. Maddogs (Loop group provided by)
  Warner Bros. Studio Facilities (ADR services provided by)
  Universal Studios Sound (ADR services provided by)
  Todd AO Studios (ADR services provided by)
  Paramount Post Production Services (ADR services provided by)
  Buena Vista Sound (ADR services provided by)
  20th Century Fox Post Production Facilities (ADR services provided by)
Special Effects: Don Frazee (Spec eff coord)
  Jay Hirsch (Spec eff foreman)
  Scott Lingard (On set spec eff foreman)
  Paul Obest (Spec eff tech)
  Don Black (Spec eff tech)
  R. L. Hohman (Spec eff tech)
  Jim Lorimar (Spec eff tech)
  Kai Shelton (Spec eff tech)
  Justin Mitchell (Pre-vis des)
  Picture Mill (End title seq des and prod)
  William Lebeda (Creative supv, Picture Mill)
  David Clayton (Lead des, Picture Mill)
  Grant Nellessen (Des, Picture Mill)
  Ryan Moseley (Prod, Picture Mill)
  Kye Krauter (Ed, Picture Mill)
  Joshua Novak (Lead anim & compositor, Picture Mill)
  Akemi Abe (Anim, Picture Mill)
  Chad Bonanno (Anim, Picture Mill)
  Bryan Thombs (3D anim, Picture Mill)
  Angel Moreno (Coord, Picture Mill)
  Gray Marshall (Visual eff supv)
  Margaux Mackay (Visual eff supv prod)
  Gray Matter Visual Effects (Visual eff by)
  Jennifer Mizener (Visual eff prod, Gray Matter Visual Effects)
  Trent Shumway (Compositor, Gray Matter Visual Effects)
  Colleen Smith (Compositor, Gray Matter Visual Effects)
  Joey Brattesani (Compositor, Gray Matter Visual Effects)
  Nancy Hyland (Compositor, Gray Matter Visual Effects)
  Stuart Cripps (Compositor, Gray Matter Visual Effects)
  Billy Barnhart (Compositor/IO mgr, Gray Matter Visual Effects)
  Robert Scifo (Matte painter, Gray Matter Visual Effects)
  Tom Lynnes (3D artist, Gray Matter Visual Effects)
  Christian Severin (3D artist, Gray Matter Visual Effects)
  Zac Chowdhury (Roto artist, Gray Matter Visual Effects)
  Eric Jordan (Systems administrator, Gray Matter Visual Effects)
  Kent Demaine (Motion graphics mont)
  Black Box Digital, LLC (Motion graphics mont)
Dance: Fatima Robinson (Choreog)
  Aakomon "AJ" Jones (Co-choreog)
  Joey Pizzi (Assoc choreog)
  Eboni Nichols (Choreog's asst)
Make Up: Tym Shutchai Buacharern (Dept head makeup)
  Judy Murdock (Key makeup artist)
  Martha Callender (Makeup artist)
  Nicole Sortillon (Makeup artist)
  Lalette Littlejohn (Mr. Foxx's makeup artist)
  Francesca Tolot (Ms. Knowles' makeup artist)
  Vera Steimberg (Mr. Murphy's makeup artist)
  Rocky Faulkner (Makeup)
  Camille Friend (Dept head hairstylist)
  Joann Stafford-Chaney (Key hairstylist)
  Brian Andrew (Hairstylist)
  Deidra Dixon (Mr. Foxx's hairstylist)
  Kim Kimble (Ms. Knowles' hairstylist)
  Stacey Morris (Mr. Murphy's hairstylist)
  Erma Kent (Mr. Murphy's hairstylist)
  Jazz Kimble (Extras' hairstylist)
Production Misc: Debra Zane (Casting)
  Jay Binder (Casting)
  Leslee Feldman (Casting exec)
  Tannis Vallely (Casting assoc)
  Jeremy Rich (Casting assoc)
  Jack Bowdan (Casting asst)
  Mark Brandon (Casting asst)
  Smith & Webster-Davis Casting (Extras casting)
  Patricia Whitcher (Unit prod mgr)
  David Witz (2d unit prod mgr)
  Don J. Hug (Prod supv)
  Brigette Lester (Prod coord)
  Christie Kwan (Asst prod coord)
  Lyn McKissick (Scr supv)
  Candy Bennici (2d unit scr supv)
  Rick Granville (Prod secy)
  Gail Martin-Sheridan (Prod accountant)
  Pam Ellington (Assoc accountant)
  Ryan Whan (1st asst accountant)
  Nick Costantino (2d asst accountant)
  Cristina Duncan (2d asst accountant)
  Cabernet Murray (2d asst accountant)
  Dan Boone (Payroll accountant)
  Lori Ikeda (Payroll accountant)
  Roxanne Reaver (Const accountant)
  Katherine Kohler (Accounting clerk)
  Tamara Gagarin (Account exec, Technicolor)
  Jackie Lee (Digital intermediate account exec, Company 3)
  Marion Feller (Accountant, Gray Matter Visual Effects)
  Natalie Bae Lauzon (Prod office coord, Gray Matter Visual Effects)
  Eric Hedayat (Loc mgr)
  Ann Murphy (Key asst loc mgr)
  Sara Dering (Asst loc mgr)
  Justin Duncan (Asst loc mgr)
  Diana Lara (Asst loc mgr)
  Will Ruvalcaba (Asst loc mgr)
  Lori Balton (Loc scout)
  Eric Pilarcik (2d unit loc scout)
  Ivanna Chubbuck (Acting coach)
  Richard Lyons (Acting coach)
  Guy Adan (Unit pub)
  Jodi Tripi (Stock footage researcher)
  Deborah Ricketts (Stock footage researcher)
  Joan Kelley Bierman (Post prod supv)
  Caroline Keichian (Post prod asst)
  Pivotal Post (Post prod services by)
  Adam Cook (Asst to Mr. Condon)
  Chad Ahrendt (Asst to Mr. Mark)
  Brianna Hoskins (Asst to Ms. Whitcher)
  Abby Lessanu (Asst to Mr. Foxx)
  Angela Beyince (Asst to Ms. Knowles)
  Ty Hunter (Asst to Ms. Knowles)
  Charisse Hewitt Webster (Exec asst to Mr. Murphy)
  Jemal D. Guillory (Personal asst to Mr. Murphy)
  Randy L. Webster (Personal asst to Mr. Murphy)
  Thomas Scott Stanton (Asst to Mr. Schliessler)
  Petra Alexandria (Prod assoc)
  Brandon Allen (Prod asst)
  Chris P. Anderson (Prod asst)
  Lillian Awa (Prod asst)
  Taylor Benavides (Prod asst)
  Glen Evans (Prod asst)
  Jesse Grillo (Prod asst)
  Dacia James (Prod asst)
  Sherman Kew (Prod asst)
  Gavin Kleintop (Prod asst)
  Rich Lewis (Prod asst)
  Shaun O'Banion (Prod asst)
  Bill Ostroff (Prod asst)
  Matt Rawls (Prod asst)
  Will Sandoval (Prod asst)
  Daisy Alexandra Sylbert (Prod asst)
  Jaclyn Tamizato (Prod asst)
  Philip Wright (Prod asst)
  Greg Bell (2d unit prod asst)
  Lou Bonachea (2d unit prod asst)
  Denny Caira (Transportation coord)
  Russell Overstreet (Transportation capt)
  Jayson Chang (Transporation office coord)
  Karen Chang (Transportation dispatcher)
  Dennis McCarthy (Picture car coord)
  Gabe Davila (Picture car wrangler)
  Pedro Aleman (Driver)
  Al Bartoli (Driver)
  Dean Black (Driver)
  Vaughn Bladen (Driver)
  Michael Chonos (Driver)
  Dennis Clark (Driver)
  Wally Frick (Driver)
  Mike Gregorio (Driver)
  Thomas J. Hoke (Driver)
  David Holden (Driver)
  Loretta Huggett (Driver)
  Gordon Jernberg (Driver)
  Johnny Johnson (Driver)
  Hector Ramirez (Driver)
  Karl Richert (Driver)
  Jose Sanchez (Driver)
  Mike Shannon (Driver)
  David Small (Driver)
  Steve Sorkin (Driver)
  Bruce Souther (Driver)
  Dennis Steere (Driver)
  Tad Venger (Driver)
  AJ Wade (Driver)
  Jim Waitkus (Driver)
  Larry Williams (Driver)
  Dwight Wood (Driver)
  Victor Ybiernas (Driver)
  Leah Amir (Craft service)
  Tressa Vallek (2d unit craft service)
  Noel Harris (Addl craft service)
  Steve Watson (Caterer)
  Reel Chefs Catering (Caterer)
  Tony Evans (First aid)
  Bill O'Neal (First aid)
  BJ Smith (First aid)
  Tamara Maellaro (First aid)
  Scott Sheldon (First aid)
  Tim Joyce (2d unit medic)
  Tim Flugum (2d unit medic)
Stand In: Kevin Jackson (Stunt coord)
  Jwaundace Candece (Stunts)
  Johnny Cenatiempo (Stunts)
  Kofie Elam (Stunts)
  Natascha Hopkins (Stunts)
  Jalil Jay Lynch (Stunts)
  Sammy Maloof (Stunts)
  Mark Steven Parra (Stunts)
  Stan Lee Rice (Stunts)
  Robby Robinson (Stunts)
  Chrissy Weathersby (Stunts)
  Dick Ziker (Stunts)
  Roger Reid (Stand-in)
  Dave Brown (Stand-in)
  Armonn Livingston (Stand-in)
  Patricia Johnson (Stand-in)
  Krista Woods (Stand-in)
  Carolyn Smith (Stand-in)
Color Personnel: Technicolor (Telecine and preview services provided by)
  Mark Sachen (Dailies colorist, Technicolor)
  Stephen Nakamura (Preview colorist, Technicolor)
  Bruce Motyer (High definition preview ed, Technicolor)
  Brandon Heaslip (Preview tech, Technicolor)
  Kris Lyman (Preview tech, Technicolor)
  Jim Passon (Deluxe col timer)
  Company 3 (Digital intermediate provided by)
  Stefan Sonnenfeld (Exec prod for Company 3/Colorist)
  Christine Carr (Digital intermediate prod, Company 3)
  Missy Papageorge (Company 3 prod)
  Jimmy Tom (Asst colorist, Company 3)
  Ian Turpen (Digital intermediate scanning, Company 3)
  Mike Chiado (Digital intermediate technologist, Company 3)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Country: United States
Language: English

Music: "Big (Jazz Instrumental)" by Henry Krieger.
Songs: [Songs below are listed in order of performance.] "I'm Looking for Something," music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Maxi Anderson, Charlene Carmon and Keisha Heely; “Goin’ Downtown,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Steve Russell, Durrell Babbs, Luke Boyd and Eric Dawkins; “Takin’ the Long Way Home,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Michael-Leon Wooley; “Move,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles and Anika Noni Rose; “Fake Your Way to the Top,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy and Anika Noni Rose; “Cadillac Car,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Laura Bell Bundy, Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Rory O’Malley, Anika Noni Rose and Anne Warren; “Steppin’ to the Bad Side,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Hinton Battle, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Keith Robinson and Anika Noni Rose; “I Want You Baby,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy and Anika Noni Rose; “Family,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles, Keith Robinson and Anika Noni Rose; “Dreamgirls,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles and Anika Noni Rose; “Heavy,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles and Anika Noni Rose; “It’s All Over,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles, Sharon Leal, Keith Robinson and Anika Noni Rose; “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Jennifer Hudson; “Love Love Me Baby,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Beyoncé Knowles, Sharon Leal and Anika Noni Rose; “I’m Somebody,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Beyoncé Knowles, Sharon Leal and Anika Noni Rose; “When I First Saw You,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Jamie Foxx; “I Am Changing,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Jennifer Hudson; “I Meant You No Harm/Jimmy’s Rap,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Eddie Murphy; “Lorrell Loves Jimmy,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Anika Noni Rose; “Family (Reprise),” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Beyoncé Knowles, Sharon Leal, Anika Noni Rose; “Step on Over,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Beyoncé Knowles, Sharon Leal and Anika Noni Rose; “I Miss You Old Friend,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Loretta Devine; “One Night Only,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Jennifer Hudson; “One Night Only (Disco),” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Beyoncé Knowles, Sharon Leal and Anika Noni Rose; “Hard to Say Goodbye,” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Beyoncé Knowles, Sharon Leal and Anika Noni Rose; “Dreamgirls (Finale),” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles, Sharon Leal and Anika Noni Rose; “When I First Saw You (Duet),” music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Tom Eyen, performed by Jamie Foxx and Beyoncé Knowles. [Songs written for the motion picture:] “Love You I Do,” written by Henry Krieger and Siedah Garrett, performed by Jennifer Hudson; “Patience,” written by Henry Krieger and Willie Reale, performed by Eddie Murphy, Keith Robinson and Anika Noni Rose; “Perfect World,” written by Henry Krieger and Siedah Garrett, performed by Steve Russell; “Listen,” written by Henry Krieger, Scott Cutler, Beyoncé Knowles and Anne Preven, performed by Beyoncé Knowles, produced by Beyoncé Knowles and The Underdogs; Jamie Foxx appears courtesy of J Records; Jennifer Hudson appears courtesy of Arista Records; Beyoncé Knowles appears courtesy of Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records; "White Christmas," written by Irving Berlin, performed by Paul Rabjohns; "Silent Night," music by Franz Grober, lyrics by Joseph Mohr, English lyrics anonymous, performed by The Impressions, courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing.
Composer: Irving Berlin [film ed]
  Scott Cutler
  Tom Eyen
  Siedah Garrett
  Franz Gruber
  Beyoncé Knowles
  Henry Krieger
  Joseph Mohr
  Anne Preven
  Willie Reale
Source Text: Based on the musical Dreamgirls , music by Henry Krieger, book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, produced on Broadway by Michael Bennett, Robert Avian, David Geffen and The Shubert Organization, directed and choreographed for the stage by Michael Bennett (New York, 20 Dec 1981).
Authors: The Schubert Organization
  Michael Bennett
  Tom Eyen
  Henry Krieger
  Robert Avian
  David Geffen

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
DreamWorks, LLC and Paramount Pictures 15/12/2006 dd/mm/yyyy PA0001341172

PCA NO: 42971
Physical Properties: Sd: Dolby Digital; dts Digital Sound; SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound in selected theatres
  col: Deluxe; Kodak Motion Picture Film
  Lenses/Prints: Filmed with Panavision cameras & lenses

 
Genre: Drama
  Musical
Sub-Genre: African American
  Show business
 
Subjects (Major): African Americans
  Ambition
  Betrayal
  Fame
  Friendship
  Managers (Entertainment)
  Maturation
  Record producers
  Romance
  Singers
 
Subjects (Minor): American Bandstand (Television program)
  Automobile industry and trade
  Beauty, Personal
  Bribery
  Brothers and sisters
  Business ethics
  Choreographers
  Concerts
  Detroit (MI)
  Drug addicts
  Drug overdose
  The Ed Sullivan Show (Television program)
  Infidelity
  Jealousy
  Love affairs
  Marriage
  Martin Luther King, Jr.
  Music publishers and publishing
  Parentage
  Pregnancy
  Racism
  Recordings
  Reputation
  Riots
  Single parents
  Songwriters
  Talent contests
  Television programs
  Temper
  Wealth

Note: Only the logos of Paramount and DreamWorks appear before the film begins; all of the other credits appear at the end of the picture. The first time the cast names are listed, the names Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles and Eddie Murphy appear before the title. Shots of them within the movie are shown under their names. Similar shots are presented for several other cast members, including Danny Glover and Anika Noni Rose. Two title cards reading “And introducing/Jennifer Hudson” are followed by scenes of her from the film. When the credits for director Bill Condon, director of photography Tobias Schliessler and other major crew members appear, sequences of them doing their jobs are presented. For production designer John Myhre and costume designer Sharen Davis, some of their sketches for the film are shown, along with the realized images. For editor Virginia Katz, a montage is presented, and when casting directors Debra Zane’s and Jay Binder’s title card appears, photos of the various extras appear to illustrate the depth of their work. Choreographer Fatima Robinson’s credit is accompanied by a montage of dances and the theatrical lighting designed by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer is illuminated by examples of lighting used during the various concert scenes.
       The last title card before the main credits roll dedicates the film to the memory of Michael Bennett (1943—1987), who directed and choreographed the Broadway musical on which the film was based. The end credits thank Jack Morrissey and Dick Clark Productions, among others. When the characters in the film first watch the television show American Bandstand , archival footage of host Dick Clark is seen, but an impersonator supplies his voice. During the picture, some of the songs highlight the action and express the characters’ emotions, such as the song “Listen,” during which “Deena Jones” declares her freedom from “Curtis Taylor, Jr.” Other songs have lyrics that advances the plot, such as “Family,” in which “Effie White’s” friends convince her to sing backup rather than lead.
       The immensely popular musical Dreamgirls , with music by Henry Kreiger, book and lyrics by Tom Eyen and directed and choreographed by Bennett, opened on Broadway on 20 Dec 1981. Loosely inspired by the careers of singer Diana Ross, who replaced her longtime friend Florence Ballard as the lead singer of the Supremes, and of music impresarios Berry Gordy, Jr. and Phil Spector, the musical won six Tony Awards. The key song, Effie’s show-stopping, plaintive lament “And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going,” became a regular feature of original theatrical cast member Jennifer Holliday’s nightclub act. In various sources, Condon related that he attended the opening night of Dreamgirls and had been fascinated with it ever since.
       According to a Sep 1996 Screen International item, Bennett, best known for creating the smash theatrical musical A Chorus Line , had hoped to direct a film version of Dreamgirls himself. In 1987, several sources noted that Whitney Houston was in talks to star in the film adaptation and at this point producer David Geffen was to make the picture with Howard Ashman, according to a Dec 2006 WSJ article. DV reported in Nov 1989 that Spike Lee was to direct the film for Geffen. At that time, the picture was to be co-produced by Geffen Pictures and Warner Bros., and in Mar 1989, HR noted that Eyen had written a screenplay for Geffen. In a Mar 1989 NYT interview, Eyen relayed that he had originally written Dreamgirls in the 1970s as a movie script but it “wound up on the stage” instead because he felt that the story was more suited to the theater.
       LAT reported in Nov 1992 that Frank Oz was “firmly attached” to direct, with Todd Graff in discussions to write the screenplay. In 1994, Geffen co-founded DreamWorks SKG with partners Steven Spielberg and Jeffery Katzenberg, and left the property with Warner Bros. Joel Schumacher was signed to direct the picture for Warner Bros. in Sep 1996 and in Dec 1997, DV reported that he was developing the screenplay with Tina Andrews. Among the stars announced as being in negotiations to star under Schumacher were Lauryn Hill, lead singer of the group The Fugees, as Deena, Kelly Price as Effie and Don Cheadle as “James ‘Thunder’ Early.” Other sources add that R&B singer Aaliyah was considered to star before her death in 2001.
       By Sep 1998, DV reported that Warner Bros. had canceled the project due to the box-office failure of its 1998 film Why Do Fools Fall in Love , a musical biography about 1950s black, teenaged singer Frankie Lymon. Geffen’s interest in reviving the property was renewed after the success of the 2002 film adaptation of the Broadway musical Chicago (see above), which was written by Condon. According to the Dec 2006 WSJ article, however, Warner Bros. was “concerned” about the picture’s proposed $73 million budget and “ultimately opted out of a co-production.” In Oct 2005, DV announced that Paramount was partnering with DreamWorks to co-finance Dreamgirls .
       DV noted in May 2005 that R&B performer Usher had been signed to star as “C. C. White,” but the part ultimately went to Keith Robinson. 13 Nov 2006 credits released by Paramount and DreamWorks list the following actors who were cut from the finished film: Jordan Belfi ( Adam Brooks ); Toni Trucks ( Woman in D.C. bar ); Damion Poitier ( Man in D.C. bar ); Rick Scarry ( Atlanta deejay ); E. J. Callahan ( Older white man ); Michael Cline ( Reporter ); Angela Sorensen ( Reporter ); Victor Togunde ( Contestant ); Denis F. Chavis ( Security guard ); and Jason Graham ( Roadie ). According to an article she wrote for the 5 Nov 2006 issue of LAT , Rachel Abramowitz appears in the film as an extra during the sequence set in the Caesar’s Palace nightclub. In the article, Abramowitz wrote that the film’s choreographer, Fatima Robinson, “won a contest” in order to get the job. Hinton Battle, who plays “Wayne” in the film, appeared as Jimmy Early in the 1980s Broadway production as a summer replacement for Cleavant Derricks, who originated the role, and Yvette Carson, who plays “May,” appeared in the Broadway cast as “Charlene” and also understudied the part of Effie. Loretta Devine, who played “Lorrell Robinson” in the original Broadway show, appears in the film version as the jazz singer who eulogizes Jimmy at a nightclub wake.
       Four original songs were written especially for the film by Henry Krieger and other composers: “Love You I Do,” “Patience,” “Perfect World” and “Listen.” The onscreen credits note that the soundtrack was available through Music World Music/Sony Urban Music/Columbia. As noted by the onscreen credits, the picture was shot at the Los Angeles Center Studios, at which was recreated the Crystal Room in Miami and the interior of a Caesar’s Palace nightclub, according to studio publicity. The press kit also reveals that the Palace Theatre in downtown Los Angeles was used as the interior of the Detroit Theatre, and that Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theatre, Tower Theatre and Alexandria Hotel, and Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium were used as location sites. According to a Sep 2006 Vogue article, some of the sequences involving Curtis’ Cadillac dealership were shot on location at “an old Cadillac dealership in South Central” Los Angeles. The interiors of the 1970s headquarters of Rainbow Records were filmed in the historic Los Angeles Times building in downtown Los Angeles, according to studio publicity. Additionally, the location of Curtis and Deena’s luxurious Hollywood mansion was the Frank Sinatra House in Chatsworth, CA. Various sources reported the film’s final budget as $75 million.
       The picture opened for a limited, roadshow engagement on 15 Dec 2006 in one theater each in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco, with reserved seating and ticket prices set at $25. In a 7 Nov 2006 DV article, studio executives explained their decision to open the picture as old-fashioned roadshow as a desire to bring the picture to “audiences in a special way.” Included at the roadshow venues were special lobby exhibits on the making of the film, complete with costumes and props.
       The picture marked the feature film debut of Jennifer Hudson, who had been a heavily favored finalist on the 2004 season of the television reality series American Idol , although she did not win. According to studio publicity, Hudson beat out more than 700 other actresses for the pivotal role of Effie. In a Dec 2006 interview with WSJ , Geffen, one of the producers of the Broadway show, announced that after finally shepherding Dreamgirls onto the screen, he was “finished with the movie business” and would turn to other ventures. In the article, Geffen noted that he had “declined to take a producer credit on the movie” because he thought of himself as “just a facilitator” for Condon and producer Lawrence Mark.
       On 19 May 2006, only a few weeks after the end of principal photography, approximately twenty minutes of the film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. According to several newspaper articles, Paramount and DreamWorks mounted a campaign to advertise the picture by paying the licensing fees for all high schools, colleges, community theaters and any other non-commercial group that wanted to produce the stage show during 2006. LAT noted on 12 Dec 2006 that to that date, more than fifty productions of the show had been staged around the country during the year, thanks to the promotion. In a 12 Dec 2006 LAT interview, Holliday complained that her original Broadway cast recording of the song "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" was used in the film's trailers rather than Hudson's, and that she had not received any compensation.
       The film received rave reviews, especially for Hudson, Eddie Murphy, the cinematography and costumes. Rolling Stone declared Hudson’s debut “a glorious, Oscar-ready cause for celebration” and called Murphy “electrifying in his riskiest role ever.” Many reviewers also praised the decision to have the film emphasize the racial tensions and social changes of the 1960s and 1970s much more than the Broadway show.
       Dreamgirls was named one of AFI’s Movies of the Year. In addition, the film won an Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing and, for her performance in the film, Hudson won Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The film garnered Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design and three nominations for Best Song ("Listen," "Love You I Do" and "Patience"). Murphy was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Dreamgirls also received the following Golden Globes: Best Movie—Musical or Comedy; Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Hudson); and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Murphy). The picture was also nominated for Golden Globes in the categories of Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture--Musical or Comedy (Knowles) and Best Original Song--Motion Picture ("Listen"). Dreamgirls was nominated for feature film of the year by the Producers Guild of America and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture by the Screen Actors Guild, which also nominated Hudson for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role and Murphy for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. Hudson received the Best Breakthrough Performance—Female award from the National Board of Review, was named Best Supporting Actress by the New York Film Critics and received a BAFTA award for Actress in a Supporting Role. Krieger was nominated for a BAFTA for Achievement in Film Music. Condon was nominated for Directorial Achievement in Feature Film by the Directors Guild in America. 

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