Thursday, November 16, 2006
Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com loved it. Tom O'Neil of the LA Times loved it even more and discusses the Oscar race. It's definitely a strong contender for one of the five Best Picture slots and -- as Friedman says -- Eddie Murphy will be thrilled just to be discussed as a potential Supporting Actor nomination and might well get it. It's a glossy, fun movie musical that maybe doesn't dig deep emotionally as much as it might but delivers spot-on performances and one terrific song after another. And if Meryl Streep stays in the Best Actress category, Jennifer Hudson will be the favorite in Supporting. It's very old fashioned in the best sense of the word, right down to a closing credits celebration of the cast that includes "and introducing Jennifer Hudson!" with all the flourish of an old school movie studio. If "Dreamgirls" wins Best Picture, it will be the first film with black characters not surrounded or led by a token white to do so, I believe. Today, I'd say the nominees are "Volver," "Dreamgirls," "The Departed" and "The Queen," with "Bobby" and "Little Miss Sunshine" fighting for the final slot. I still haven't seen "Miss Potter," "Charlotte's Web," "Breaking And Entering" or the two "Goods" -- "The Good German" and "The Good Shepherd."