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Jennifer Hudson honored for humanitarian work at People’s Choice Awards

Actress Jennifer Hudson got emotional during her acceptance speech at the 40th annual People’s Choice Awards which broadcast Wednesday night Jan. 8 on CBS from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The “Winnie Mandela” star won the award for Favorite Humanitarian in recognition of her work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, a charity she co-founded in honor of her slain nephew.

Actress Jennifer Hudson at Wednesday night's People's Choice Awards
Actress Jennifer Hudson at Wednesday night's People's Choice AwardsPhoto by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Hudson was joined on stage by her sister Julia where they were presented the honor by actor LL Cool J. The American Idol alum who tragically lost her nephew, mom and brother in 2008 spoke about the importance of family and giving back.

“I have to start off by saying the same thing I said when I won my Oscar…look what God can do. My mother always taught us that without family you have nothing and whether you know it or not we all are family and what happens to the other, happens to us, so it’s very important to make a difference.“

In addition to the “Winnie Mandela” biopic, the Academy Award winner also starred in the indie film “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” , “Black Nativity”and the Liftetime movie “Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” in 2013.

To view the complete list of winners and nominees of the 2014 People’s Choice Awards, you can visit the show’s website.