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Effie White (Jennifer Hudson) – “Dreamgirls”

There’s no denying the vocal talent Jennifer Hudson brought to her career-defining role as Effie White in “Dreamgirls.” Using the real-life, tragic diva Florence Ballard as a point of reference, Effie stood as a martyr for the deferred dreams of many singers at the time, and what can happen if you don’t let it ruin you. We know Academy Awards are based on acting chops, but it’s pretty clear that the emotional performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" heavily contributed to Jennifer walking away with gold that night.

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