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Oscar Worthy Gadgets: Microphones in Dreamgirls

One of my favorite things about historical dramas is that there are often a handful of bloopers that only the discerning (or really geeky) eye can catch. Considering the other techie mistakes in the film - the lip-syncing is off during some verses of "It's All Over" and "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" - I thought someone in the tech department might have been asleep at the wheel when it came to using the right microphones for the time period. My sources tell me this is not the case. Apparently, the movie featured an Electro-Voice from the '50s and early '60s and an old Neumann mic, which among others was perfectly accurate for the time.


Electro-Voice received a special citation at the end of WWII for the development of the T-45 lip microphone and even won an Academy Award in 1963 for its advances in the world of film sound. Those famous photos of Elvis Presley show him performing with one of the Electro-Voice's best models. For more photos from the film and a gadget goof, read more

Gadget goof: During a 1965 press conference in the film one of the photographers is shown taking pictures of the Dreams using a Nikon camera, which was not sold until the late 1980s. I guess you can't get everything right.

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