The first time Oprah saw Jennifer Hudson's performance in the movie Dreamgirls, she says she shouted, "Girl, go get your Oscar®!" Last night, this first-time nominee did just that!
Jennifer took home the best supporting actress award for her powerful portrayal of Effie White—her very first film role! After a few hours of reflection, Jennifer says there are no words to describe how she's feeling. "I get so frustrated trying to put [the feeling] into words," she says. "There's so much you want to say."
Even though she's won many major awards this year, including a Golden Globe®, Jennifer says she didn't really think she'd win the Oscar. Moments before her name was called, she says she gave herself a pep talk. "[I told myself], 'You came this far. If you don't win it, it's okay,'" she says. "So when it was time to get up there and speak, I was like, 'Oh, my god. What do I say?'"
Not only did Jennifer win an Oscar, she also performed on the Kodak Theatre stage! Jennifer and her Dreamgirls co-stars, Beyoncé Knowles and Anika Noni Rose, sang a medley of songs from the film. "That was the icing on the cake," she says.