“Dreamgirls” to Come to Life on Academy Screen

Jennifer Hudson wins Academy Award for DREAMGIRLS Oscar®-Winner Jennifer Hudson and Writer-Director Bill Condon in Person

Beverly Hills, CA (RUSHPRNEWS) AUGUST 15, 2008— “Dreamgirls,” the film that earned the most nominations in 2006 but was not nominated in the Best Picture category, will screen on Monday, August 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Great To Be Nominated” series.

The contemporary renaissance of the movie musical continued with this opulent film version of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit about the changing fortunes of an all-female singing group. Following the screening, actress Jennifer Hudson, writer-director Bill Condon, producer Laurence Mark, executive producer Patricia Whitcher, co-producer Jonathan King, film editor Virginia Katz, costume designer Sharen Davis, rerecording mixer Michael Minkler, makeup department head Tym Shutchai Buacharern, actress Mariah Wilson and casting director Debra Zane will participate in a discussion about the film.

“Dreamgirls” earned a total of eight Academy Award® nominations and won Oscars® for Actress in a Supporting Role (Hudson) and Sound Mixing (Minkler, Bob Beemer, Willie Burton). The film also received nominations for Actor in a Supporting Role (Eddie Murphy), Art Direction (John Myhre; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh), Costume Design (Davis), Music – Original Song (“Listen,” Music by Henry Krieger and Scott Cutler; Lyric by Anne Preven), Music – Original Song (“Love You I Do,” Music by Krieger; Lyric by Siedah Garrett), Music – Original Song (“Patience,” Music by Krieger; Lyric by Willie Reale).

“Dreamgirls” is the only film in Academy Awards® history to have the most nominations in a given year without a Best Picture nomination being among them. It is being included in the “Great to Be Nominated” series because of this distinction.

The Oscar-nominated animated short “Lifted” will be screened prior to the feature.

Including “Dreamgirls,” there are two films remaining in the series. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the screening when the doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Curtain time for all features is 7:30 p.m., and pre-show elements will begin at 7 p.m. The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.
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