The international ensemble "Babel" stood tall as nominations were announced this morning (Jan. 23) for the 79th Annual Academy Awards, although the musical "Dreamgirls" was shut out of the best picture race despite earning eight nominations to seven for "Babel." In addition to "Babel," the best picture nominees were "The Departed," "Letters From Iwo Jima," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "The Queen."

"Dreamgirls" garnered best supporting actress and actor nods for Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy, respectively. The film also scored nods for costume design, art direction, sound mixing and three separate mentions for best original song for "Listen," "Love You I Do" and "Patience."

The other best original song nominees are Melissa Etheridge's "I Need To Wake Up" from the Al Gore documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" and Randy Newman's "Our Town" from "Cars."

In the best original score category, the nominees are Gustavo Santaolalla for "Babel," Thomas Newman for "The Good German," Philip Glass for "Notes on a Scandal," Javier Navarrete for "Pan's Labryinth" and Alexandre Desplat for "The Queen."

For best actress, the nominees are Penelope Cruz for the Spanish-language film "Volver," Judi Dench for "Notes on a Scandal," Helen Mirren for "The Queen," Meryl Streep for her comedy turn in "The Devil Wears Prada" and Kate Winslet for "Little Children."

As best actor, the Academy nominated Leonardo DiCaprio for "Blood Diamond," Ryan Gosling for "Half Nelson," Peter O'Toole for "Venus," Will Smith for "The Pursuit of Happyness" and Forest Whitaker for "The Last King of Scotland."

The Academy Awards will be handed out Feb. 25 from Los Angeles live on ABC.