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“You Can’t Help But Be Inspired by It”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With ‘Respect’ Star Jennifer Hudson

What is it like to play the Queen of Soul? For Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, it was a great honor. Before Aretha Franklin died in 2018, she tapped Hudson, who stars…

Raising Our Voices: How Mentorship Opened Doors for Crafts Leaders on ‘Respect’

The road to Respect began with the Queen of Soul herself, who was involved in discussions about her biopic several years before her passing in 2018. Ultimately, it took a village to bring the…

Can Family-Approved Biopics Sway Academy Voters?

While Hollywood long has embraced the biopic, it has become more common in recent years for family members of a film’s subject — or even the films’ subjects themselves — to take on…