Happy 30th Birthday, Jennifer Hudson! (PHOTOS)

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She may have only come in seventh place in her season of American Idol, but over the years, Jennifer Hudson has proven that she’s still a winner.

In fact, Jennifer won an Academy Award – not to mention practically every other acting award in the book – for her debut performance in the 2006 movie Dreamgirls. From there, J-Hud continued to act in movies, with roles in such flicks as Sex and the City and The Secret Life of Bees. She also released two critically claimed CDs, including her self-titled debut album, which took home a Grammy in 2009.

Now, Jennifer, who recently lost 80 pounds with the help of Weight Watchers, has another accomplishment to celebrate: her 30th birthday! She looks as amazing as ever, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next! Happy Birthday, Jennifer!