Jennifer Hudson’s Wise Sundance Debut (PHOTOS)

The singer and actress offers Oscar advice to Anne Hathaway; plus, what does she think of the poor 'American Idol' ratings?

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Six years after winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Dreamgirls, Jennifer Hudson is still very much involved in the film industry.

This week, the 31-year-old singer and actress made her Sundance Film Festival debut, as one of the stars of The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, a coming-of-age film about two inner city children. Alicia Keys, who served as the movie's executive producer, was also on hand for the premiere, as was Mister and Pete director George Tillman Jr.

Hudson, who stars as the mother of one of the kids, couldn’t help but get personal at the film's Park City, Utah premiere, presented by Hennessy VS.

“Walter, my assistant, we are Mister and Pete. We grew up together, we’ve known each other since the sixth grade,” the 31-year-old told Celebuzz on Thursday night.

“The week I won my Oscar I made him my assistant because as kids, we were 11 years old . . . in choir together. He was my biggest,’” Hudson said of her friend, who was the driving force behind her American Idol auditions.

Speaking of Oscar, the mother-of-one had a few words of advice for Anne Hathaway, who is nominated in the same category Hudson won in 2007.

“Just get her acceptance speech together. I was watching the Golden Globes the other night, she won right? That’s what happens. You gotta win the Golden Globe to get to the Oscar, that’s the next step. And I was like, ‘Oh, it’s coming,’” Hudson said.

“But I think she’s a pro. She’s already ready.”

Hudson also had some advice for the American Idol franchise, which suffered a huge dip in ratings with its Season 12 premiere earlier this week.

“Everything has its time. I think it should just allow itself to go out on top and gracefully,” she said. “American Idol changed the face of television . . . and it’s always been a phenomenon. I’m really proud to have come from American Idol, so I just say, go out on top.”

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