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.
Since Dreamgirls wrapped, Jennifer says her co-star Jamie Foxx, who won his first Oscar® for Ray in 2005, has offered her invaluable advice. "He's an angel," she says.
Over the summer, Jennifer says Jamie called her every week to talk about Oscar buzz. "He would let me know what was coming, how to prepare myself and how to enjoy it," she says.
Jamie wasn't the only one rooting for this rookie. On Oscar night, another well-known co-star told Gayle King how she felt about Jennifer's big win. "We're all so proud," Beyoncé said. "Jennifer just brought us all to tears."
Last night, Jennifer says she fell asleep staring at her Oscar®, and she can't wait to take some time to enjoy her golden moment.
Then, it's back to work! Jennifer says she'll start recording her first album soon. "I'm excited about that," she says. "I want to give it every bit of my all, just the same that I tried to do with Dreamgirls."
Jennifer is also looking forward to more memorable movie roles. "The only way that I can express how much [the Academy Award] means to me is try to show it through any further work that I do as an actress," she says.
Gayle King was backstage at the Oscars® to get the first reactions from all the stars after their big wins! "I had a fantastic time. I don't care how old you are. It never gets old to me," she says.
Although Gayle originally planned to wear a red gown by Angel Sanchez to the ceremony, she changed into a silver Tadashi dress at the last minute amid fears of the red gown clashing with the curtains. "I thought, '[Angel] worked so hard for no one to see it,'" she says. So Gayle decided to show off her unworn gown on The Oprah Show.
Gayle says one of her favorite moments of the evening was Martin Scorsese's first Oscar win for directing The Departed—which also won best picture. "I thought that was one of the highlights because there was such love and admiration for him backstage. Everybody just poured out of all the rooms to hug and kiss him. It was very, very sweet," Gayle says.
A big shout-out to the people and companies who made Oprah's After Oscar® Party a success!
Special thanks to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, president Sid Ganis, producer Laura Ziskin and director Louis Horvitz. Also, thanks to Architectural Digest for sharing its glamorous, eco-friendly green room, and Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, who teamed up with Swarovski Crystal this year to design the stage's 34-foot custom curtain, which is made from 50,000 crystals and is worth more than $1 million!
Without help from Sprint®, Oprah's After Oscar Party wouldn't have been possible!
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