What Happened to "Dreamgirls?"
The more stunning fact is that it got 8 nominations, a major number for a non best picture nominee (trailing only They Shoot Horses Don't They and tying Poseidon Adventure, Close Encounters and Ragtime). It leads the pack. I say again: IT LEADS THE PACK. Horses was beaten by Anne of the Thousand Days, Poseidon by Cabaret and the Godfather, Close Encounters by Julia, Turning Point and Star Wars, and Ragtime by Reds and On Golden Pond.
No film had ever had the most nominations in a year and failed to get a Best Picture nomination. Obviously this is a historic year, as I have pointed out on the boards. It is the fewest combined nominations by the 5 Best Picture nominations since they went to 5 nominees back in 1944. It is the first time since the Oscars inception year of 27-28 that no Best Picture nominee has a Best Actor nominee (the other sure bet I had been telling people is that Leo would be nominated for the Departed for that very reason). How bizarre is this? Unless Babel wins, we're looking at a Best Picture winner with fewer than 7 nominations.
But this...this is unprecedented. A welcome precedent, to be sure (I liked Dreamgirls, but didn't think it was Best Picture material - ditto for Little Miss Sunshine), but definitely unexpected and significant.