Dreamgirl Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson has been invited to join the Oscar Academy.The star, who went from 'American Idol' finalist to Oscar-winning actress in less than three years, joined a host of stars to be honored this year. Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Aniston and Daniel Craig have also been invited to join the body which chooses Oscar nominees and winners.The stars are among 115 people from the film industry who have been given the chance to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.Rising comedy star Steve Carell and 2007 Oscar-nominee Ryan Gosling have also been invited, along with 'United 93' director Paul Greengrass.There are currently 6,000 members, with only 150 newcomers allowed each year. Murphy's invite follows his Oscar nomination for 'Dreamgirls', while Craig's profile has risen with his much celebrated first outing as James Bond in 'Casino Royale'.The 80th Annual Academy Awards will be held on February 24, 2008.