Jennifer Hudson to Receive Chairman’s Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

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Jennifer Hudson, who portrayed Aretha Franklin in the biopic “Respect” earlier this year, will be the recipient of the Chairman’s Award at this year’s Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Hudson was previously honored with the Breakthrough Performance Award at the festival in 2007 following her work in “Dreamgirls.” She joins other past honorees of the Chairman’s Award including Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Regina King, Gary Oldman, Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.

She’ll be honored at an awards gala ceremony at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Jan. 6, 2022. Other announced honorees at this year’s gala include Jane Campion (Director of the Year Award), Jessica Chastain (Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress), Penélope Cruz (International Star Award, Actress) and Kristen Stewart (Spotlight Award, Actress).

“In ‘Respect,’ Jennifer Hudson brings to life Aretha Franklin’s rise from childhood gospel singer to international star. Hudson transforms into the Queen of Soul singing her heart out in this legendary performance,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said. “It is our honor to recognize Jennifer Hudson’s phenomenal acting and singing talents with the Chairman’s Award.”  

“Respect” follows the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, and Hudson was handpicked by Franklin for the role. Hudson also executive produced the film that co-stars Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald and Mary J. Blige. The film was released domestically by United Artists Releasing, produced by MGM and directed by Liesl Tommy.

Hudson is an Oscar winner for “Dreamgirls,” a two-time Grammy winner, an Emmy winner and a best-selling author. Her other film and TV credits include “Monster,” “Cats,” “Chi-Raq,” “Hairspray LIVE!,” “Smash,” “Empire” and more.

Hudson is next attached to executive produce and star in an untitled Christmas musical comedy at New Line. She will produce alongside Jonathan Glickman, with whom she also produced “Respect.”

The Palm Springs International Film Festival runs Jan. 6-17.

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