Bey­once tipped for Os­car nod

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was a mo­ment dur­ing film­ing of the mu­si­cal Dream­girls when Bey­once Knowles gazed into a mir­ror. It was early 2006and the 24-year-old was stand­ing back­stage at Los An­ge­les’ his­toric Or­pheum Theatre pre­par­ing to shoot a scene with Jamie Foxx and Ed­die Mur­phy. She had shed 10kg, wore a cheap wig and un­flat­ter­ing clothes from Detroit’s Mo­town era, the 1960s. But Knowles, as she ex­am­ined the stranger, could not be hap­pier. ‘‘When you look in the mir­ror and you don’t see your­self, it re­ally helps you por­tray the char­ac­ter,’’ Knowles said. She plays Deena Jones in Dream­girls, a movie loosely based on Mo­town diva Diana Ross and her The Supremes. Knowles’s dowdy look does not re­main, as the mu­si­cal fol­lows the rise of The Dream­girls over time. Af­ter start­ing out look­ing so plain, Deena Jones blos­soms at age 16. ‘‘The fact the char­ac­ter had so much range at­tracted me,’’ Knowles said. ‘‘I was able to be some­one that’s very plain.’’ The look was new to Knowles, one of the world’s most fa­mous women with album sales top­ping 50 mil­lion. ‘‘They had to make me look re­ally ragged at the be­gin­ning, when ev­ery­one else looked glam­orous. ‘‘Then I was like a but­ter­fly. Deena goes through the great­est trans­for­ma­tion.’’ The per­for­mance will likely re­ward Knowles with an Os­car nom­i­na­tion. She has al­ready picked up a

Dream­girls Global Globe nom­i­na­tion, for the best ac­tress in a mu­si­cal/ com­edy. The am­bi­tious Knowles had set her sights on win­ning an Os­car but did not think it would be pos­si­ble so soon. ‘‘I wasn’t ex­pect­ing it from this movie,’’ Knowles said. ‘‘One day I do want to win an Os­car. ‘‘But, I feel I have a cou­ple of other movies to do and still grow first.’’ Dream­girls opens in Aus­tralia on Box­ing Day.

BEAU­TI­FUL GIRLS . . . Bey­once Knowles (cen­tre) with Anika Noni

Rose and Jen­nifer Hud­son in the film

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