Dreamgirls fails to land a Best Picture and Best Director nomination, and two weeks later the two biggest publicity people on the Dreamamount lot — Nancy Kirkpatrick and Eric Kops — announce they’re leaving to start their own firms. On top of Dreamgirls Oscar strategist Terry Press announcing the same thing two or three weeks earlier. But there’s absolutely no connection, I’m told. Kops wants to produce, not publicize, and Kirkpatrick has been rumored to be exiting her post since Sherry Lansing left the lot.