Jennifer Hudson (‘Cats’) is back in the Oscar conversation 12 years after ‘Dreamgirls’

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Jennifer Hudson (‘Cats’) is back in the Oscar conversation 12 years after ‘Dreamgirls’
Believe it or not, but it’s been 12 years since Jennifer Hudson won Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars for her performance as Effie White in Bill Condon‘s 2006 musical “Dreamgirls.” (Re-watch Hudson’s Oscar speech in the flashback video above.) Now the Grammy winner and reality TV veteran is back in the awards conversation thanks to her role of Grizabella in Tom Hooper‘s “Cats,” an adaptation of the classic Broadway production.

While the Universal picture won’t arrive in theaters until December 20, the “Cats” trailer showcases Hudson’s powerful voice as she belts out the iconic song “Memory” over images of humanoid felines prancing around town, including Taylor Swift and Judi Dench. It’s the kind of performance that just oozes “Oscar,” as voters can’t stop themselves from fawning head over paws for these types of singing roles. Just ask Anne Hathaway, who won for a similar
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