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‘Dreamgirls’ & ‘There Will Be Blood’: ‘Second-Best’ Oscar Nominees Revived

Bill Condon’s Dreamgirls, a shoo-in for one of the five Best Picture slots in 2006 (a shoo-in that failed to make the cut), will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Great To Be Nominated” series on Monday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

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, make-up department head Tym Shutchai Buacharern, actress Mariah Wilson, and casting director Debra Zane will take part in a discussion about the film.

Adapted from the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, which in its turn was inspired by the travails of the pop group The Supremes, Dreamgirls is the only film in Academy Awards history to have the most nominations in a given year – eight in all; three of those in the original song category – while being bypassed for a Best Picture nomination. (Additionally, the film was nowhere to be found on the shortlist for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.)

In addition to Hudson and Wilson, the Dreamgirls cast includes Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, and Anika Noni Rose.

Dreamgirls 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 (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).

Gary Rydstrom’s Oscar-nominated animated short, the Pixar production Lifted, will be screened prior to the feature. Lifted follows a teen alien who attempts to abduct a sleeping human.

Including Dreamgirls, there are two films remaining in the “Great To Be Nominated” 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.

‘There Will Be Blood’: Daniel Day-Lewis Oscar-Winning Role Returns

Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 Best Picture nominee There Will Be Blood, the final feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Great To Be Nominated” series, will be screened on Monday, Aug. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Considered by many film critics the best American production of 2007, There Will Be Blood centers on the life and times of an early 20th-century oil baron (Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis). Anderson himself adapted Upton Sinclair’s novel Oil!.

There Will Be Blood received eight Academy Award nominations, winning Oscars for Actor in a Leading Role (Day-Lewis) and Cinematography (Robert Elswit). Its other nominations were for Best Picture (JoAnne Sellar, Anderson and Daniel Lupi, producers), Art Direction (Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson), Directing (Anderson), Film Editing (Dylan Tichenor), Sound Editing (Christopher Scarabosio and Matthew Wood) and Writing – Adapted Screenplay (Anderson).

Josh Raskin’s Oscar-nominated animated short I Met the Walrus, about a teenager’s 1969 interview with John Lennon, will be screened prior to the feature.

There Will Be Blood is the final film in the five-year 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 the feature 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.

Photos: Courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library

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