Jennifer Hudson wins Oscar for best supporting actress

American Idol 3 finalist Jennifer Hudson followed her Golden Globe award with an Academy Award for her work in Dreamgirls.

Accepting the award for best supporting actress, Jennifer said, tears in her eyes, “I have to just take this moment in; I cannot believe this,” she said. “Look what God can do. I didn’t think I was going to win.”

She thanked the film’s director and cast, the Academy, God (twice), and “you all, for helping me to keep the faith.” As she was played off, she yelled into the microphone, “Jennifer Holliday, too!”

Despite all that, she did not thank American Idol, which is perfectly fine; she’s now so far beyond that level, it’d be like a star thanking someone who once changed their diaper.

But Jennifer’s participation on the show didn’t go unmentioned. Host Ellen Degeneres joked about it during her opening monologue, saying, “Jennifer Hudson was on American Idol. America didn’t vote for her, and yet she’s here with an Oscar nomination. That’s amazing; that’s incredible. And then, Al Gore is here, America did vote for him, and then–very complicated.”

‘Dreamgirl’ Jennifer Hudson Wins Oscar [AP]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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