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Jennifer Hudson wins best supporting actress Golden Globe Award

By Steve Rogers, 01/16/2007 

Former American Idol third season finalist Jennifer Hudson came up big at Monday night's Golden Globe Awards ceremony, winning the best supporting actress in a movie musical or comedy award for her Dreamgirls performance.

"Oh, my God, thank you so much," Hudson said as she accepted the award for her portrayal of powerhouse singer Effie White in director Bill Condon's critically-acclaimed film adaptation of Broadway's Dreamgirls musical. "Wow. I have always dreamed but never, ever this big... ever. This goes far beyond anything I could ever have imagined."

"You do not know how much this does for my confidence... because of this it makes me feel like I'm part of a community, and it makes me feel like an actress and you do not understand how much that feels good to say."

Hudson dedicated her award to Florence Ballard, the late Supremes singer upon which her fictional Dreamgirls character was loosely based. The 25-year-old former American Idol 3 finalist beat out fellow nominees Adriana Barraza (Babel), Cate Blanchett (Notes on a Scandal), Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada), and Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) to win the award.

The win continues an impressive early awards season run for Hudson, who 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 (along with Kikuchi) the National Board of Review's Best Female Breakthrough Performance award for her Dreamgirls role. Last Friday, she won the Broadcast Film Critics Association's Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress.

The Golden Globe Awards, awarded based on the voting ballots of the nearly 90 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are widely seen as a forerunner to the Academy Awards. The nominees for the 79th Annual Academy Awards, scheduled to be awarded on Sunday, February 25, will be announced on Tuesday, January 23. 

(Photo credit NBC/Paul Drinkwater)

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