The film adaptation of the musical "Dreamgirls" snared a host of nominations for the 64th Golden Globe Awards. Beyonce Knowles is nominated for best actress in a comedy or musical for her role in the

The film adaptation of the musical "Dreamgirls" snared a host of nominations for the 64th Golden Globe Awards, to be handed out Jan. 15 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broadcast live on NBC. Beyonce Knowles is nominated for best actress in a comedy or musical for her role in the film, while Eddie Murphy nabbed a best supporting actor nod for his.

"Dreamgirls" also scored a nomination in the best motion picture -- comedy or musical category, where it will vie against "Borat," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Thank You for Smoking."

In addition, the film's "Listen," with music and lyrics by Knowles, Henry Krieger, Anne Preven and Scott Cutler, is up for best original song in a motion picture. The other nominees in the category are Seal's "A Father's Way" from "The Pursuit of Happyness," the Mary J. Blige-sung/Bryan Adams-co-penned "Never Gonna Break My Faith" from "Bobby," Prince's "The Song of the Heart" from "Happy Feet" and Sheryl Crow's "Try Not To Remember" from "Home of the Brave."

In related news, Ennio Morricone, who has composed more than 300 motion picture scores during a 45-year career, will receive an honorary Oscar from the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The honor will be presented to him Feb. 25 at the 79th Annual Academy Awards "for his magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music."

Morricone has been nominated five times for best original score -- for "Days of Heaven" (1978), "The Mission" (1986), "The Untouchables" (1987), "Bugsy" (1991) and "Malena" (2000) -- but has never taken home an Oscar.

He is best known for his work on such Italian films as Sergio Leone's spaghetti Western "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and the epic gangster tale "Once Upon a Time in America" as well as Giuseppe Tornatore's nostalgic "Cinema Paradiso."