Singer/actress Beyonce Knowles has hailed her DREAMGIRLS director Bill Condon as a contender for the 2007 Academy Awards. The former DESTINY'S CHILD star credits Condon for giving her her first "real acting role" after supporting performances in Austin Powers in Goldmember and The Fighting Temptations. Even though the film isn't released in America until next month (DEC07), the Oscar rumours have been circling Knowles and her co-star Jamie Foxx for several months. However, modest Knowles says, "If anyone gets an Oscar for this movie it'll be the director. "I don't know about my chances, but I hope I'll be in the audience when he wins an Oscar."