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She might be slim and trim but Jennifer Hudson ain’t exactly winning right now, at least not when it comes to “Winnie” her Winnie Mandela biopic.

The film premiered Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and hasn’t been picked up by a distributor yet:

One title still up for grabs was Friday’s highest profile premiere: “Winnie” (photo above), a biopic of Winnie Mandela starring Jennifer Hudson as the wife of South African leader Nelson Mandela. The film screened in an unfinished form, and Hudson did not attend.

Tweets following the premiere ran the gamut, from “very well done and eye opening” to “Who know [sic] a movie about such an inspirational couple could be so dreadful.”

Scott Feinberg assessed the film’s Oscar chances thusly: “J-Hud is very good as Winnie Mandela in ‘Winnie,’ but Terrence Howard is awesome as Nelson Mandela! He’ll get a nod if film gets a distrib!”

It doesn’t sound too bad, but we all know we’ve seen plenty of bad movies with actors and subjects we were eager to see.

Check out the trailer:

Baby Wipes really picked up that accent. Seems like the moviemakers are to blame if this one doesn’t turn out well. We heard Winnie Mandela wasn’t feelin’ that she wasn’t consulted on this — how the heck did J-Hud let THAT happen?




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