The Oregonian‘s Shawn Levy recently pointed out the divide between “boy” nominations and “girl” nominations. The girl noms are for Best Art Direction, Costume Design, Best Original Song and Best Makeup — the boy noms are for all the others. Not surprisingly, of the eight nominations earned by Dreamgirls, six came from the girl side of the ledger — three Best Songs plus Makeup, Costume Design, and Art Direction. The boy noms handed to Bill Condon‘s film are Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy‘s in their respective Best Supporting Actor categories.
Likewise, Hollywood Wiretap columnist Pete Hammond has written in his latest entry that “with the technical categories mostly at odds with the Best Picture nominees, there has never been a greater gap within the organization, or so it seems. It’s a kind of blue state (actors, writers, directors, producers) vs. red state (editors, sound mixers, art directors, etc.) divide.”