21 Famous Singers Who Won An Academy Award

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Jennifer Hudson


She’s come such a far way since she started out on American Idol! The soulful singer won her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Dreamgirls in 2006. The singer and actress, who was just 25 at the time, made history as the youngest African-American actor to win an Academy Award, as well as the third African American woman to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her performance as Effie White (which was her very first role) also got her a Golden Globe Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Critics’ Choice Movie Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

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