As Effie White, Hudson has garnered 29 awards from film critics as Best Supporting Actress and Breakthrough Performer of 2006.She won the Golden Globe Award as Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
As an actress, she made her film debut portraying Effie White in Dreamgirls, for which she gained worldwide acclaim and won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She has also appeared in such films as Sex and the City, The Secret Life of Bees and Black Nativity.
In one of her first appearances on a record, Hudson is featured in a duet, "The Future Ain't What It Used to Be", on Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose.
In September 2006, Hudson performed the song, "Over It," live on Fox Chicago Morning News.
The film opened on October 17, 2008, and grossed over $37 million at the box office.