Sunday, February 22, 2009

Dreamgirls (2006): African Americans in Cinema (9)

The last in my series of African American Academy Awards winners who took home the coveted award for acting brings us to a movie that transcends generation by bring the glitz and the glamour of the popularity of Motown into the next generation.

Dreamgirls (2006), originally a Broadway musical, takes through the life of a singing group, plucked from obscurity in their urban Midwestern town into the bright lights of popularity.

Loosely based off of the success story of the Supremes, JenniferHdson took home the Academy Award for Best Female Actress in a supporting role for her portrayal of Effie White, a role made famous two and a half decades earlier by Jennifer Holliday. Here is just a taste of Holliday's performance during 1982's Tony Awards:

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