American Idol: Jennifer Hudson's Oscar Win Changes Simon's Tune
Last night, former American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Dreamgirls.  In her acceptance speech, a seemingly-surprised Hudson said tearfully, "Oh my God! I have to just take this moment in. I can't believe this - I didn't think I was going to win. Look at what God can do!"

She previously won a Golden Globe for the same role of a singer in a 60's R&B group who is pushed aside when someone more glamourous (Beyonce Knowles) comes along. The story is inspired by the real-life Supremes.

Jennifer Hudson's own story is pretty much what dreams are made of. She had never acted before when she first auditioned for the part of Effie White, but beat out over seven hundred other hopefuls, including American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino.

She was voted off American Idol in seventh place in 2004, with the departing words from Simon Cowell "You're out of your depth in this competition." Hudson says those words hurt her deeply, and she cried all the next day.

However, Simon's certainly changed his opinion of her since then.

"What you have done is literally extraordinary," Cowell told her before the awards show. "We are rooting for you, and I have a feeling that you're going to win tonight."

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host Ryan Seacrest, showing Hudson this message, asked "I've never seen him that heartfelt. Have you?"

"No - is he OK?" Hudson quipped.

At a party later, a slightly tipsy Cowell said of Hudson "I feel like her foster parent."

Hudson herself did not drink any alcohol this Oscar weekend, sticking to drinking water as part of her fitness routine.

-Mel, BuddyTV Staff Columnist