Except in the Best Picture category.
“Dreamgirls” led the nominations for the 79th Academy Awards, with eight bids. The film did not get a best pic nod, which went to “Babel,” “The Departed,” “Letters From Iwo Jima,” “Little Miss Sunshine” and “The Queen.”
In 16 of the past 20 years, the film with the most noms went on to win best picture. On the other hand, the top nom-getter only ended up winning twice in the last five years. In other words, the long-standing trend seems much iffier in the recent past.
“Babel,” a bold examination of the woes afflicting humanity in the early 21st century, followed with seven nominations, followed by Spanish-language adult fairy tale “Pan’s Labyrinth”and royals drama “The Queen” with six each.
The directing nominees were Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for “Babel,” Martin Scorsese for “The Departed,” Clint Eastwood for “Letters from Iwo Jima,” and Stephen Frears for “The Queen” and Paul Greengrass for “United 93.”
More to come on the acting nominations shortly.