Beyonce tipped for Oscar nod
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