When Jennifer Hudson leans her head into the crook of Jamie Foxx's neck, into the man who is the source simultaneously of her security and anxiety, with a delicate, surrendering close of her eyelids, Dreamgirls gives us as perfect a movie moment as there has been in 2006.
And that's not even the Hudson moment people are talking about.
For weeks and weeks, I have been hearing about the astonishing performance Hudson offers as Effie White, highlighted by her showstopping "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," and all I can tell you is that it's true. It may or not be the best supporting actress performance of the year, but it is powerful powerful, and it proves that by far the most worthwhile thing American Idol has done is enable the big screen to discover her.
Judging by the unabashed mid-movie ovations Hudson received this afternoon at a garden-variety afternoon showing of the film, others were convinced as well.
Dreamgirls is a bit stagy at times, but it builds strength as it goes, and the talent across the board does well, well, in support of Hudson.
But I think l'll be remembering that head tilt for a long time to come.