By John H. Foote

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, who blew audiences and critics minds with her towering performance as Effie, the pivotal role in Dreamgirls (2006), was handpicked by the great Aretha Franklin to portray the iconic singer in the film biography of her life. That film – Respect – has been getting Oscar buzz for Hudson since the summer and was among the more anxiously awaited films (and performances) of the year.

No more.

This week was announced the film will be delayed until August 13, 2021, opening up the Oscar race even more. Though the Best Actress category is filled to the brim this year, Hudson was a strong contender for a nomination, and potentially a win.

Still reeling from the savage reviews of Cats (2019) just last year, the actress – who was actually good in the mess of a film – is anxious to atone. She is looking to gain some respect back too but will be waiting nine months to get it. Sadly, so will we.

This was among my “must see” of the season.

No Respect this year.

Damned COVID.

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