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Oscar Worthy? Jennifer Hudson's Scene-Stealing Song from Dreamgirls

Oscar Worthy? Jennifer Hudson's Scene-Stealing Song from Dreamgirls

The studio kept this clip under wraps leading up to this year's Oscars, but if you've yet to see Dreamgirls, you can now watch the video of Jennifer Hudson performing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," her scene-stealing and impassioned ballad. You guys were pretty conflicted over whether Hudson deserved to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, so maybe this clip will help you decide. (Thanks to Best Week Ever for directing me to the video.)

I, for one, think it's a very impressive performance as far as musicals go, and there's no arguing that Hudson has an amazing voice. But I still don't think she deserved to win an Oscar; to find out why,

First, let me just say, it was great to see how happy Hudson was on Oscar night, and I got into the excitement of seeing a young actress win for her first movie. But then again, it was her first movie, so while we know now that she can kill at musical theater, we don't really know if she has any versatility whatsoever.

But that's beside the point, really. My main gripe with Hudson's win can be summed up in two words: Adriana Barraza. I just rewatched Babel last night, and seeing Barraza's brilliant performance again made me realize how much she was robbed. (Others argue that Rinko Kikuchi should have won, and she was probably robbed too.)

In her role as the nanny Amelia, Barraza cycled through a stunning cycle of emotions — from a subtly concerned caretaker in the beginning of the movie to an ordinary woman torn apart by utter despair during the desert scenes in the film's climax. Never has a film elicited such a feeling of dread from me, and I credit Barraza's acting for most of that.

Mostly, I found myself wondering if Hudson saw Babel and, if so, if she really thinks her job was harder than Barraza's. What do you guys think?

Photo courtesy of Paramount

bbbz123 bbbz123 9 years
The comment by "hey" has got to be the dumbest thing I've read in a while...and "hey" should learn to write, too. All of the other four nominees gave stronger performances than JH. Her singing talent is tremendous, and her song performances were amazing...but Oscar-worthy acting? I don't think so. It's early in her acting career, so it's understandable that she's still learning and honing her craft, but it was surely all the hype and all of the excitement of an exciting new star that put that Oscar in her hand. The women from "Babel" were exquisite in their roles. Cate Blanchett gave another luminous performance in "Notes on a Scandal." And Abigail Breslin was perfect as the excitable pageant contestant in "Little Miss Sunshine."
SassAndBide SassAndBide 10 years
I've seen Babel and loved it. I haven't seen Dreamgirls yet and i dont think i want to.. see beyonce "act". anyway I guess Jennifer Hudson deserved it, but i cant really say cuz i haven't seen the movie but i have seen the clip of her singing "and i'm telling you". The nanny from Babel Adriana Barraza did a great job..if Jennifer Hudson wasn't nominated, she probably would've won.
hey hey 10 years
All of you are stupid idiots....Wat do u mean she don't deserve it..u guys probable don't get it...Oscars don't allow crap it don't matter if ure red, black or pink, white am very sure she deserved better than others that y she got it...if it was like dat i wonder y they dint give Eddie then...people think b4 u talk...u should be in the business b4 jumping to conclusions. IDOITS.
careyjr3 careyjr3 10 years
I don't think Jennifer Hudson should have won. The industry decides who they want to promote, and they chose her. I have been tired of hearing about her for some time now.
wynter wynter 10 years
I watched Babel the other night, and she did have an amazing performance. I haven't seen Dreamgirls yet.
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 10 years
Yes, her performance was amazing and this might sound odd, but I wonder if it's easier to act when you're lip synching to music that you were coached with singing in a studio? She's amazing, has an amazing voice, but for all we know, the director could be telling her to do things throughout the song to get more emotion while they dubbed over it. I don't know, I have issues with musicals performed on screen because I don't think it's as authentic as it could be. Adriana was AMAZING.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Adriana Barraza's performance was stunning, truly deserving of an Oscar win. I agree; Hudson's performance wasn't bad, it just wasn't Oscar worthy.
brokenbracelet brokenbracelet 10 years
Yeah, I'm conflicted...I love JHud, but I agree with LilPeaPod, the clips alone of Barraza in Babel on Oscar night were moving, so I can only imagine what shes like throughout the movie. But, all in all, I think Oscars/Grammys are popularity contests, more than recognizing amazing raw talent, unfortunately
kristyrk kristyrk 10 years
I haven't seen Babel yet, and I did see Dreamgirls. Honestly, I thought Barraza would have won just based off of the clips that were shown right before the awards were handed out!! I saw that clip and it made me want to cry! It was such a powerful performance even in that 5 seconds that I saw of her. I dont think Jennifer did a bad job, but I do think that someone else should have got it.
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