Most Memorable Role: Effie White in Dreamgirls (2006)

While Jennifer Hudson has been working her newly svelte body, the sexiest thing about J-Hud will always be her persistence. Coming a long way since an undeserved seventh place finish on American Idol, she went on to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role of Effie White in Dreamgirls, joining a small but elite group of black actresses to ever do so.