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?
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