This morning I woke up to the sweetest news, Jennifer Hudson is officially in the race to receive an Oscar . Everyone that has seen her performance in Dreamgirls unanimously believes she should win the Oscar next month, but we know Academy voters have a mind of their own. I don't want to play the race card but let's be honest about the Academy's history of nominating African-American performers.
The Color Purple received 11 nominations and not a single win, Angela Bassett was totally snubbed for the best actress award in 1993 for What's Love Got To Do With It and it took over 60 years for a Black woman to win a best actress award, Halle Berry was the first.
Jennifer Hudson's story is truly amazing. She has proven that there is life after American Idol and that life can be sweeter than winning the crown. I'm predicting this time next month she will have a Golden Globe and an Oscar on her shelf.
In related news the new solo "I Love You I Do", written specifically for Jennifer is nominated for best original song along with "Listen" and "Patience". I thought the mic would only belong to Beyonce on Oscar night but it looks like Jennifer will have two shining moments. I can't wait to hear the presenter say, "and the Oscar goes to Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls'!