Tuesday, December 19, 2006

‘DREAMGIRLS’ Sets Record

WITH 11 nominations, Dreamgirls sets record for most nominations in foundation’s history. Noms for best film, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress and more earned by musical. [src]

And the 2006 Black Reel Nominees Are...

Akeelah and the Bee
Inside Man
The Pursuit of Happyness
Something New

Jamie Foxx - Dreamgirls
Derek Luke - Catch a Fire
Will Smith - The Pursuit of Happyness
Denzel Washington - Inside Man
Forest Whitaker - The Last King of Scotland

Beyoncé Knowles - Dreamgirls
Sanaa Lathan - Something New
Keke Palmer - Akeelah and the Bee

Chiwetel Ejiofor - Kinky Boots
Chiwetel Ejiofor - Children of Men
Laurence Fishburne - Akeelah and the Bee
Djimon Hounsou - Blood Diamond
Eddie Murphy - Dreamgirls

Angela Bassett - Akeelah and the Bee
Shareeka Epps - Half Nelson
Claire-Hope Ashitey - Children of Men
Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls
Kerry Washington - The Last King of Scotland

Bryan Barber - Idlewild
Sanaa Hamri - Something New
Clark Johnson - The Sentinel
Spike Lee - Inside Man
Chris Robinson - ATL

BEST SCREENPLAY, Original or Adapted
Bryan Barber - Idlewild
Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois - Glory Road
Tina Gordon Chism - ATL
Tyler Perry - Madea’s Family Reunion
Kriss Turner - Something New

Shareeka Epps - Half Nelson
Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls
Keke Palmer - Akeelah and the Bee
Paula Patton - Déjà Vu
Jaden Smith - The Pursuit of Happyness

Akeelah and the Bee - Aaron Zigman
Dreamgirls - Harvey Mason, Jr. and Damon Thomas
Idlewild - Antwan Andre Patton
Inside Man - Terrence Blanchard
Something New - Lisa Coleman & Wendy Melvoin


Dave Chappelle’s Block Party - Geffen Records
Dreamgirls - DreamWorks SKG
Idlewild - LaFace Records
Something New - Lakeshore Records
Take the Lead - Universal Records

BEST SONG, Original or Adapted
“And I Am Telling You” - Dreamgirls (Jennifer Hudson)
“Idlewild Blues” - Idlewild (Outkast)
“Listen” - Dreamgirls (Beyoncé Knowles)
“One Night Only” - Dreamgirls (Jennifer Hudson)
“People Get Ready” - Glory Road (Alicia Keys & Lyfe Jennings)

The Heart of the Game - Miramax
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party - Rogue
Jonestown: The Life and Death of People Temple - Seventh Arts Releasing

There are more categories, including achievements in independent filmmaking and television. I’ll post a link of the complete list when it’s available.

Awards History

• The Black Reel Awards, inaugurated in 2000, annually recognize and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans in feature, independent and television films, ranging from their character portrayals in front of camera, to their technical artistry behind the camera.

• The FAAAF/Black Reel Awards benefit The Foundation for the Advancement of African Americans in Film (FAAAF), a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide educational opportunities to the next generation of minority film executives. Through the FAAAF “Producer’s Institute,” scholarships are awarded to graduate students pursuing a business career in the movie and television industries.

Awards Virgin

Thanks to my obsession with Dreamgirls and Jennifer Hudson, this is the first time I’ve heard of these awards. And I must say, it’s lovely to see so many beautiful Black people appreciated for their contribution to the arts. I’ve never even heard of half the movies on this list and now I’m sure to add them to my DVD’s to rent list.

I’m a bit surprised that Anika Noni Rose doesn’t get a nod for best supporting actress. Lorell was the forgotten Dream in the original Broadway production, and she’s forgotten in the film as well. Which is too bad because the Tony-award winning actress (Caroline, or Change) is simply brilliant.

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