Turning Point: When Actors Became Superstars

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  • Sanaa Lathan
  • Jaden Smith
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Rosie Perez
  • Denzel Washington
  • Octavia Spencer
  • Queen Latifah
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Will Smith
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Nia Long
  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Halle Berry
  • Kevin Hart

Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls (2006)

She may not have prevailed on American Idol, but Hudson got one hell of a consolation prize. The singer was cast in a leading role in 2006's Dreamgirls and literally knocked the socks off of critics and audiences with her heartbreaking performance. She earned an Oscar win and a Vogue cover and launched her Hollywood career. 

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