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Best: Jennifer Hudson
Truly, it was a bit of an adjustment to watch the now skinny Jennifer Hudson sing "And I'm Telling You" from "Dreamgirls," but the former best supporting actress Oscar winner isn't being called the Aretha for the 21st Century for nothing. It might have been too soon for Hudson to be singing on the Oscar stage (she won just six years ago), but when she finished off with "You're gonna love me" the Dolby Theater audience was halfway to a standing ovation. So, no, Hudson may not have turned out to be the best actress (there is still time), but she's one of best greatest living "American" idols we have today.
- Gregory Ellwood