BURBANK, Calif. (January 3, 2007) — Oscar nominations are weeks away, but ?Dreamgirls? star Beyonce Knowles is already facing a shut out in the Best Original Song category.
Though the former Destiny?s Child frontwoman is credited on ?Listen,? a new song which was written specifically for the movie version of ?Dreamgirls?, there are too many co-writers for all of them to qualify for a statue. According to the Oscars rules, only two people are ?normally? given statues in the category. A third can only get a statue if the organization?s committee deems them an equal contributor.
Henry Krieger, Anne Preven and Scott Cutler are the three that the Oscar songwriting branch have declared eligible for ?Listen,” The Academy has confirmed to Access Hollywood.
But it may not even matter to the star. The Golden Globes had no problem counting Beyonce in. She and the other three writers are all nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. She?s also nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her role as Deena Jones.
Oscar nominations are announced on January 23rd.