Another weekend has come and gone, and that means that celebrities were out and about documenting their favorite moments from around the globe on Instagram! Didn’t have a chance to keep up with all of the snaps? We’ve rounded up our 12 favorite photos from the weekend to make sure you don’t miss a thing. From Hugh Jackman‘s tourist shot at the Great Wall of China, Rihanna‘s one-on-one time with a giraffe in South Africa, and Jennifer Hudson’s wedding singer duties, click through the best ‘grams of the weekend.
Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson Came Together For the NYC Premiere of Their Film, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & PeteOct 3, 2013 @ 5:40 pm
Two of the music’s biggest powerhouses came together last night for the premiere of their upcoming film, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City and they sure made a powerful statement. Alicia Keys, the executive producer and the film’s score composer, spoke fondly of the film stating how important it was to work on the project. “I think as a native New Yorker and just as a person who loves emotional pieces that are going to connect with people, I think it’s really important to be able to talk about what is authentic and real, and I think this experience of these two boys trying to survive the summer in Brooklyn is something that no matter where you’re from or where you grew up, you can relate to the struggle and the hope.” The drama stars Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Hudson as a drug addict mother, who after being apprehended by police authorities, leaves her 14-year-old son alone to fend for himself and survive in the inner city. “It was terrifying,” Hudson told InStyle.com about taking on the character. “I was nervous down to the last second because it was the furthest thing from myself and I’ve never portrayed a role like it.” And if you were wondering, both Keys and Hudson were caught singing by director George Tillman Jr. “[Hudson] breaks out in song all the time,” Keys said. “She was obviously on set a little more than I was, but yes, we love to sing.” Does this mean a musical duet in the near future? Keys answered, “It will happen, you never know.” We’re counting on it! The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete opens in theaters everywhere on October 11th.
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“The message in it is such a huge part of history,” Jennifer Hudson explained exclusively to InStyle.com about her new movie Winnie Mandela out in theaters nationwide today. The film about Nelson Mandela’s (played by Terrence Howard) wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela first screened two years ago at the Toronto Film Festival but just opened in theaters now, and it couldn’t be more of a perfect time: We celebrated the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech just last week. “We never knew her story,” Hudson said. “When I picked up the script and learned of her contribution to the struggle and to Africa, I thought to myself, ‘Why am I just finding out about this now? Why are we finding out now?’ I wanted to put her story out there.” In preparation for the role, Hudson spent four months in South Africa where she immersed herself in the rich culture and during filming, she made sure to keep the fashion as authentic to South Africa as possible. ”Everything they wore had a meaning to it, it had a message and a story to be told through the attire, which made [Winnie's] looks more meaningful.” Could this be another Academy Award winning performance? We hope so! Catch Winnie Mandela in theaters now.
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Last night’s VH1 Do Something Awards offered proof that good guys (and girls) finish first. “A night like tonight is so powerful and so special because we are talking about people who are taking their good fortune, their passion, or even their hardship in life and turning that outward and affecting the communities around them,” Sophia Bush (in Monique Lhuillier) said on the red carpet before heading inside the Avalon in Hollywood to host the show, which honors do-gooders for their inspiring charity work.
Five celebrities were honored throughout the two-hour show, including Jennifer Hudson, who tearfully accepted an award for her role in creating The Julian D. King Gift Foundation in memory of her late nephew, which fosters stable experiences and provides school supplies to low-income neighborhoods. “I think everybody should take heed and hop in there and try to do more good in the world,” the powerhouse (in Versace) told InStyle.com. Other honorees included Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Tie The Knot), Kelly Osbourne (Race to Erase MS), LL Cool J (Jump & Ball and Chrysalis) and Patrick Dempsey (The Center for Hope & Healing).
In addition to the stars, five finalists under the age of 25 were chosen for their work motivating change. The winner was Daniel Maree, who took home $100,00 to support his organization Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, an organization he founded after the death of Trayvon Martin. Overall, the support for good causes, good deeds and good people created good feelings all night long, something Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon was thrilled to support. “I think we all like to watch performers, but [tonight’s] a chance to be inspired by not just who they are when they are performing, but what actually really matters to them,” the actress said. Click to see more stars who came out for a cause and find out just what “doing something” meant to them.
— Scott Huver
Jennifer Hudson (in Ungaro) and Brittany Snow (in Naeem Khan) attended the world premiere of Lifetime’s special five-part film series Call Me Crazy: A Five Film last night in Los Angeles. The series of five shorts, each directed by and starring different personalities, focus on different scenarios of what happens to the loved ones of people coping with mental illness. ”I wanted to be a part of it because I felt like making awareness about mental illness is important,” Hudson told reporters. “But also working with Jennifer Aniston [who also stars]. We were in talks about working together on a couple of projects and this is the start of that for us. I love her. It’s like, ‘Cool. I like this.’ It must be a Jennifer thing.” The films premiere on Lifetime this Saturday, April 20, at 8/7c. Click the photo to see more celebrities partying this week!
— Lindzi Scharf
The latest episode of Smash featured Jennifer Hudson‘s Veronica Moore putting on a “Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall”-esque one-woman show, and she was dripping in diamonds for the occasion. And as it turns out, all those jewels were real, too! Jacob & Co. shared close-up looks at the chandelier earrings and cocktail ring Hudson wore on-set. The teardrop earrings boasted 23 carats worth of irregular cut and white diamonds, while the finger bauble shined studded with 14 carats of pave diamonds. Nothing but the best for a fictional Tony sensation and real Oscar winner! Tell us: Are you loving Smash‘s new glam style?
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The stars shined extra bright at the 2013 Academy Awards—thanks to their sparkling accessories! And the biggest bauble trend of the night: bold earrings. Nicole Kidman, Zoe Saldana, Jennifer Hudson, and Best Actress nominee Naomi Watts worked statement danglers studded with diamonds, pearls, and opals on the red carpet. And that wasn’t the only jewelry trend of the night! Click through to see more of our favorite jewelry moments from this year’s Oscars.
No Academy Awards night would be complete without hearing from InStyle’s Editor-at-Large Hal Rubenstein. As soon as the last stiletto walked down the red carpet, he called in his A-list— his top five looks for best dressed of the night. Scroll down to get his insights on Jennifer Lawrence (in Dior Haute Couture), Reese Witherspoon (in Louis Vuitton), Jessica Chastain (in Armani Privé), Jennifer Hudson (in Roberto Cavalli), and Charlize Theron (in Dior Haute Couture). After reviewing his list, make your own with our new A-list feature. Pick your top 5 and share them with friends on Facebook and Twitter to start your own style debate! More