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In a stunning snub, the musical based on the early days of Motown and the Supremes, lost out in the Best Picture category to Babel, The Departed, Letters From Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine and The Queen.
DREAMGIRLS GRABS EIGHT NODS, BUT GETS SNUBBED
Musical Loses Out in Best Picture Category at Oscar Noms
Dreamgirls is not going... to win the Best Picture at this year's Oscars ceremony on Feb. 25.

In a stunning snub, the musical based on the early days of Motown and the Supremes, lost out in the Best Picture category to Babel, The Departed, Letters From Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine and The Queen.

The outcome is reminiscent of last year, when the backlash against Brokeback Mountain, which did receive a Best Picture nomination, saw it lose to Crash. Pundits noted that a film with an all-Black cast hasn't been nominated for Best Picture since The Color Purple in 1996, which received 10 nominations in all, but no wins, even though this year's nominees in other categories represent a groundbreaking ethnic mix.

The film earned eight nominations in all to lead the field, two of them expected for Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy, the front-runners for Best Supporting Actress and Actor, and three in the Best Original Song category for "Listen," "Love You I Do" and "Patience." The film's director, Bill Condon, was also absent from the Best Director category, which includes Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel), Martin Scorsese (The Departed), Clint Eastwood (Iwo Jima), Stephen Frears (The Queen) and Paul Greengrass (United 93).

Elsewhere, things went pretty much according to the chalk. Favorite Helen Mirren, who won the Golden Globe for The Queen, heads a Best Actress category that includes Penelope Cruz (Volver), Judi Dench (Notes on a Scandal), Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada) and Kate Winslett (Little Children).

Fellow Globe winner Forest Whitaker goes in as the man to beat for his performance as Idi Amin in The King of Scotland, up against Leonardo DiCaprio (Blood Diamond), Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson), Peter O'Toole (Venus) and Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness).

Dreamgirls Globe winner Hudson seems the odds-on pick in the Supporting Actress category, with Adriana Barraza, the maid in Babel, and the remarkable Rinko Kikuchi as a mute Japanese girl in the same film, also in the running. In all, Babel received seven nominations. Cate Blanchett (Notes on a Scandal) and adorable Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) round out the nominees.

Similarly, Dreamgirls' Murphy, who won the Golden Globe in this category, has to be considered the one to beat in the Supporting Actor field against Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children), Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) and Mark Wahlberg (The Departed), who beat out fellow cast members Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson for the nod.

Aside from the three Dreamgirls songs, perennial Randy Newman gets a nom for "Our Town," from the Oscar-nominated animated feature Cars, while Melissa Etheridge's "I Need to Wake Up," featured in the nominated Al Gore global warming doc, An Inconvenient Truth, also received a nod.

Previous Brokeback Mountain winner Gustavao Santaolalla tops the Best Original Score category, with Thomas Newman (The Good German), Philip Glass (Notes on a Scandal), Javier Navarrete (Pan's Labyrinth) and Golden Globe winner Alexandre Desplat (The Queen) rounding out the nominees.

Borat's Sacha Baron Cohen received a single nod, for Best Adapted Screenplay, where he goes up against William Monahan (The Departed), Todd Field and Tom Perrotta (Little Children), Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal) and Alfonso Cuaron, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men).

The only other notable omission was the absence of Pedro Almovodar's Volver from the Best Foreign Language Film category, which includes Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, a surprise with six nominations overall.

The Oscar ceremony will take place on Feb. 25. For a full list of nominees, click here.

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