See that lovely lady to the left? That’s actress, singer, and Weight Watchers spokesperson Jennifer Hudson at the 2011 Academy Awards. She wasn’t nominated for an Oscar at that ceremony, but she was there, looking fit and sparkly and beautiful.

That’s what losing a bunch of weight (and having the money to dress yourself up in diamonds – or, the fame to borrow them from jewelers) will do for you.

However, back in 2007 Hudson did win an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in Dreamgirls. At that point she’d already won a handful of lesser-known awards for that movie (like the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award for Breakout Performance and the Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Breaththrough Performance), but I imagine the night she went home with an Oscar was much more memorable.

Yet, despite how good that Oscar must have felt in her grip, the former American Idol finalist told Self losing 80 pounds felt better:

I’m prouder of my weight loss than my Oscar!

I understand that losing weight – especially 80 pounds – can be a tough row to hoe. Accomplishing that kind of weight loss must feel amazing, both mentally and physically. So, sure – it makes sense to be proud of it.

But…to be prouder of losing weight than acting in and winning an award for a mega successful film that also starred Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, and Eddie Murphy? When you – at the time – have no other claim to fame than coming in seventh in American Idol?

Don’t misunderstand: I am in no way insensitive to the struggle to lose weight, and how extremely important it is (especially health-wise) for many people. 80 pounds is a lot, and I’m sure losing that weight made Hudson healthier and feel better than she has in a long time.

What about you, readers? Would you feel prouder of losing a significant amount of weight, or winning an Academy Award?

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