Oscars snub Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in ‘Respect’
There was a lot of love for Jennifer Hudson’s big-screen performance as Aretha Franklin last year, but there’s NO RESPECT from the Oscars.
Hudson didn’t pick up the Best Actress Oscar for her role in “Respect” when the nominations were announced Tuesday morning.
Nominations instead went to Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”), Olivia Colman (“The Lost Daughter”), Penelope Cruz (“Parallel Mothers”), Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”) and Kristen Stewart ( “Spencer”).
Hudson was among the favorites in the category. In fact, there was a buzz that she might be able to earn two nods, one for the actress and one for the original song for “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from “Respect,” which was co-written by Hudson, Carole King and Jamie Alexander Hartman.
It would have made her the first black woman to score nods in three separate categories at the Oscars. Hudson previously won a supporting actress Oscar in 2007 for her role as Effie in “Dreamgirls,” the musical inspired by Motown’s girl groups.
Instead, Stewart’s Princess Diana — who wasn’t supposed to get a nod, according to many last-minute buzzers — edged out Hudson’s queen of soul.
Hudson was chosen by Franklin to portray her in the biopic. A longtime fan of the Detroit legend, Hudson auditioned for “American Idol” in 2004 while singing a 1970s Franklin hit, “Share Your Love With Me.”
When the Oscar nominations were announced live Tuesday morning by ‘Black-ish’ star Tracee Ellis Ross, daughter of Motown icon Diana Ross and actor Leslie Jordan, there was a surprise moment at Detroit.
Physician assistant Chantia Bobo Harden, surrounded by 10 of her healthcare workers, announced the nominees for Best Original Music Live from Beaumont Hospital in Troy.
It was one of many revelations made by moviegoers, a nice touch from the Oscars to incorporate the people who are actually buying the tickets and streaming the content.
At least one Detroit native has received major Oscar recognition. JK Simmons, who was born in Grosse Pointe and remains a Detroit Tigers superfan, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for portraying real-life “I Love Lucy” actor William Frawley in “Being the Ricardos.”
Simmons won in the same category in 2015 for his fierce performance as a jazz teacher in “Whiplash.”
“Summer of Soul,” Ahmir (Questlove) Thompson’s documentary about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, dubbed the Black Woodstock, will compete for best documentary. The film features vintage clips from several Motown greats, including Stevie Wonder, David Ruffin of The Temptations, and Gladys Knight & the Pips.
Symbolically, ‘Don’t Look Up’ garnered four nominations, including one for best picture, for its story of two Michigan State University astronomers scrambling to save the world from a collision. apocalyptic of comets.
But Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, who played an MSU professor and graduate student respectively, were dropped from the acting categories. Given how powerful the film’s dark satire is — and how good Michigan State’s real astronomy department is — even University of Michigan alumni should be upset by this.
In the animated film competition, “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” is up for its cross-country adventure involving a family in Kentwood (south of Grand Rapids) who must fight off a robot attack.
The cartoon is sprinkled with Michigan-related Easter eggs, from US-131 being part of the family’s road trip to one of art student Katie’s daughter’s homemade movies. It’s called “Fear and Loathing in Central Michigan.”
The Oscars will air live March 27 on ABC.
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