Jennifer Hudson follows Hattie McDaniel and Whoopi Goldberg as one of only three African-American actresses to ever win the best supporting actress Oscar.”This represents a change and a difference,” she said backstage after I asked her about being added to this very exclusive club.
Asked about Eddie Murphy’s loss, she said: “I just know that he did an unbelievable job. I feel at this point, just being a nominee, we’re all winners.”
Still, with Hudson’s win and that of Forest Whitaker for “Last King of Scotland,” it was an excellent night for African American actors who have been largely ignored by the Academy until 2002 when a change took place with the duel wins of Denzel Washington and Halle Berry (the only African-American actress to EVER win the leading actress prize). Since then, Jamie Foxx has won lead actor, Morgan Freeman supporting actor and now Hudson and Whitaker.
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