Jennifer Hudson, Melissa Etheridge Pick Up Oscars
February 26, 2007 at 9:56 AM (PT)
OSCAR had several music-related moments, one of which came when JENNIFER HUDSON won the supporting-actress Academy Award for "Dreamgirls," though her co-star and fellow front-runner EDDIE MURPHY lost the supporting-actor prize to ALAN ARKIN of "Little Miss Sunshine."
"Oh my God, I have to just take this moment in. I cannot believe this. Look what God can do. I didn't think I was going to win," HUDSON said. "If my grandmother was here to see me now. She was my biggest inspiration."
HUDSON won an Oscar for her first movie, playing a powerhouse vocalist who falls on hard times after she is booted from a 1960s girl group. The role came barely two years after she shot to celebrity as an "American Idol" finalist.
Meanwhile, after HUDSON performed as part of a "Dreamgirls" medley with BEYONCE, JAMES TAYLOR and RANDY NEWMAN performed "Our Town" from "Cars," and MELISSA ETHERIDGE performed "I Need To Wake Up" from "An Inconvenient Truth," ETHERIDGE walked away with the Best Song OSCAR.