Former 'Idol 3' finalist Jennifer Hudson nominated for an Oscar award
By Christopher Rocchio, 01/23/2007
Add Oscar-nominated actress to Jennifer Hudson's impressive growing resume, as the 25-year-old former American Idol third season finalist has received a best supporting actress Academy Award-nomination for her role in Dreamgirls. The announcement was made this morning at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, CA.
"I'm in shock right now. I can't believe it. Thirty minutes is not enough time to absorb something like this," Hudson told NBC The Today Show co-host Al Roker during a satellite interview conducted shortly after the actress/singer learned of her Dreamgirls nomination (Hudson is currently in London for the film's United Kingdom premiere).
Hudson is familiar with being recognized for her work in the film, in which she portrays powerhouse singer Effie White in director Bill Condon's critically-acclaimed film adaptation of Broadway's Dreamgirls musical. Last Monday night, she won a Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a movie musical or comedy for her performance in the film.
Hudson beat out more than 300 other women -- including Fantasia Barrino, American Idol's third season winner -- for the Dreamgirls role that represents her big-screen debut. In December, she co-won the National Board of Review's Best Female Breakthrough Performance award for her Dreamgirls role, and earlier in January she won the Broadcast Film Critics Association's Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Roker asked Hudson what she attributes her recent string of success to.
"I don't know... just my struggle," she answered. "Seventeen years worth of work. Trying to get somewhere, to be able to be here today, be part of such greatness. There's no words to even describe the feeling. I really don't know what to say."
During the interview, Hudson said she was "stunned" at her Academy Award-nomination for best supporting actress, which pits her against Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuch for Babel, Cate Blanchett for Notes on a Scandal, and Abigail Breslin for Little Miss Sunshine.
"I'm in this moment now. It's Hard to even get past this moment," said Hudson. "This is just so far beyond anything...I can't put it into words."
Hudson said she is pleased with the success that not only she's enjoyed, but the acclaim surrounding Dreamgirls and its entire cast. The film led the 79th annual Academy Award field with eight nominations, including Hudson's.
"For all of us, we all put so much work in it and our hearts into it," Hudson said. "We wanted it to be something special to everyone. It feels good to see that it's being acknowledged for what it is. We're all very proud and happy for each other."
With the 79th annual Academy Awards ceremony scheduled to be held on Sunday, February 25 in Hollywood, Hudson told Roker she's living in the present.
"I really need to take a moment because I haven't really had time to sit and enjoy each of my blessings," she said. "It's not everyday you get opportunities like these. I'd like to have a moment to myself where I can enjoy it for myself and take it in for myself."