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]

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