Jennifer Hudson wins Oscar for 'Dreamgirls'

LOS ANGELES Sun Feb 25, 2007 11:18pm EST

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former "American Idol" contestant Jennifer Hudson won the Oscar for best supporting actress on Sunday for her performance as the spurned lead singer of a female trio in "Dreamgirls."

Hudson's showstopping singing and sympathetic character had made her the odds-on favorite to win the award. It was the 25-year-old's first movie role for which she also picked up Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards.

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