When Business Depends on the Kindness of Strangers
“Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”
—Blanche DuBois, Tennessee Williams’s, “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
“Dreamgirls” is boffo.
My wife, Peggy, and I saw it in a neighborhood movie house where the audience is often restless, rattles popcorn bags and talks back to the screen. For the entire duration of this film the theater was dead silent.
At the end of the Jennifer Hudson love song that devolved into a heart-wrenching soliloquy, we all applauded. The drama within this magical musical is all the more poignant when you discover that Jennifer Hudson was bounced from “American Idol.”
Eddie Murphy reached deep into his soul to make his character—a singer whose career was inspired by James Brown—come truly alive. Beyoncé Knowles is not only a raging talent but also eye candy.
When the film was over it received a standing ovation.
So far, “Dreamgirls” has won three Golden Globes (Best Supporting Actor and Actress—Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson); Best Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical; and Bill Condon won the Director’s Guild of America Award for best direction.
The film is up for eight Academy Awards nominations.
Producer Lawrence Mark and Paramount Pictures are devastated that the Academy did not nominate the film for Best Picture.
Should they have counted on a Best Picture nomination?
You cannot bet your business on the kindness of strangers.
The Academy Awards Voting Process
Because of the Academy’s successful efforts to eliminate splashy gimmicks and gifts, the race consists principally of attempts by studios, independent distributors and publicists to make sure that each of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 6,000+ voting members sees their film. It means special screenings for Academy members, free admission to commercial runs of a film and the mailing of DVDs.
—Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Web Site
- United States