Finally ! I've been waiting for weeks to say with certainty that the star of Dreamgirls Ms. Jennifer Hudson is a Golden Globe winner. Last night at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California Jennifer took home the first award of the evening for her performance as Effie White in Dreamgirls. This win was a major accomplishment for Jennifer who was visibly moved as she was giving her acceptance speech.
The Golden Globes has always been considered a great indicator for possible Oscar winners and this year I believe Jennifer is no exception. Her role and her real life story is the kind of drama that Oscar voters love and besides nobody else in her category can belt out "And I Am Telling You" and not mind looking ugly in the process!
This was truly a great theatrical moment when Jennifer's performance was so moving that it caused a wall to be broken down between her and the audience, with the end result being thunderous applause as if it were live theater. I believe this was the moment she claimed every award imagineable including the Oscar.
Jennifer wasn't the only cast member to go home with a Globe. Eddie Murphy won for his portrayal of singer James "Thunder Early". This win was long overdue for Eddie, he not only won for Dreamgirls but for every amazing movie he's made over his entire career that was overlooked by academy voters.
Unfortunately, Beyonce went home empty handed. I'm sure this was a hard pill for her to swallow. I have to be honest and say I really wanted her to win for "Listen" and I was shocked when Prince's name was announced for some song that I had never heard of and from some movie that just didn't matter in my big gay world. I guess Beyonce will have to revel in her countless music awards, platinum albums, and mega star status to ease the blow to her ego.
Last night belonged to Jennifer Hudson. Ladies and gentleman a star is born! Yesterday a Golden Globe, February 25th an Oscar.