Zenani Mandela died last week (10Jun10) - a day after her 13th birthday (09Jun10) - after she was involved in a car accident on her way back from the soccer World Cup tournament's launch concert.
Nelson Mandela missed the World Cup's opening game last Friday (11Jun10) to mourn the 12 year old, and he and ex-wife Winnie turned out for the youngster's funeral service in Johannesburg on Thursday, following a private burial service earlier in the day.
Many relatives gave readings at the moving service and a specially-recorded message from Campbell was played to the chapel congregation at St Stithian's College.
The British beauty recalled memories of playing with Zenani, who she considered like a god-daughter after becoming close to Mandela in the 1990s.
She said, "I was truly blessed to have been able to say that we walked and laughed and got to play dress-up. She will remain in my heart forever."
John Legend, who performed at the concert before the young girl's death, also sent a message of condolence to the Mandelas. Sizwe Mankazana, the driver who was behind the wheel when Zenani died, has sent a heartfelt message to the family too.
Mankazana, who is facing charges of drink-driving and culpable homicide, said, "I deeply regret the loss of our little Zeni. I ask that your thoughts and prayers be with her family and friends during this very difficult time."
Zenani Mandela died a day after her 13th birthday (09Jun10) after she was involved in a one-car accident on her way back from the gig, which was headlined by the Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys and Shakira.
No one else was injured in the crash, but the unnamed male driver of the vehicle has allegedly been arrested and charged with drink-driving.
Johannesburg Metro police spokeswoman Edna Mamonyane says, "The Metro police found that he was drunk. He lost control of the vehicle and it collided with a barricade."
Representatives at The Nelson Mandela Foundation have confirmed Mandela's ex-wife Winnie was not in the car, but she has been treated for shock at a hospital after being informed of Zenani's death.
Mandela was reportedly told of the loss on Friday morning (11Jun10) - just hours before he was due to attend the first soccer game of the competition.
A statement from the foundation reads, "It would therefore be inappropriate for him to personally attend the 2010 Fifa World Cup opening celebrations... The family has asked for privacy as they mourn this tragedy."
Mandela greeted the Black Eyed Peas as they arrived in South Africa earlier this week (beg07Jun10) ready to perform at the Thursday night concert.
The two stars are set to play man and wife in filmmaker Darrell J. Roodt's new movie, Winnie, with shooting set to commence on 31 May (10) in South Africa.
However, the start date was thrown into doubt when Winnie Mandela's lawyers threatened movie bosses with a lawsuit if they didn't consult her over the storyline.
The film's producer Andre Pieterse reveals a legal letter stated she "would like to see the script and approve".
But Pieterse and Roodt decided the film would be a "well researched" screenplay "without any influence from any of the main characters".
He adds, "A lawyer's letter came some weeks ago. It was a benign letter and yet it contained the threat of an indictment, an interdict that could stop the picture.
"If the film maligns her in any way then there will be a legal basis for her to take action."
Bonham Carter's turn as beloved author Enid Blyton in Enid earned her the honour, while Walters received a double nod in the category - she has been nominated for her role in Mo, which saw her play British Labour Party politician Mo Mowlam, and drama A Short Stay In Switzerland.
The actresses, who both appear in the Harry Potter movie franchise, will compete with Hotel Rwanda star Sophie Okonedo for her portrayal of Winnie Mandela in Mrs Mandela.
The male acting category is also a battle of the Harry Potter stars - Kenneth Branagh (Wallander), John Hurt (An Englishman in New York) and Brendan Gleeson (Into The Storm) will go up against David Oyelowo (Small Island) for the Best Actor trophy.
Okonedo also received a nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category for drama Criminal Justice - she's up against Rebecca Hall (Red Riding 1974), Lauren Socha (The Unloved) and Imelda Staunton (Cranford).
Featured in the Best Supporting Actor category are Benedict Cumberbatch (Small Island), Tom Hollander (Gracie!), Gary Lewis (Mo) and Matthew Macfadyen (Criminal Justice).
Simon Cowell's hit TV contest Britain's Got Talent will compete with The Graham Norton Show, Harry Hill's TV Burp and Newswipe with Charlie Brooker for Best Entertainment Programme, while True Blood, Family Guy, Mad Men and Nurse Jackie are nominated for Best International Show.
The winners will be announced at a star-studded ceremony in London on 6 June (10).
The two stars will play man and wife in filmmaker Darrell J. Roodt's new movie, Winnie, which documents Winnie Mandela's life.
Hudson's appointment previously caused uproar among the members of the Creative Workers Union of South Africa, who insisted local actors should have been cast as the lead characters in a movie so important to the country's history.
Principal photography on Winnie is scheduled to begin on 31 May (10) in South Africa, reports Variety.
Morgan Freeman played Mandela in Clint Eastwood's rugby film Invictus and Danny Glover played the politician in TV movie Mandela.
The Oscar winner is the lead in South African filmmaker Darrell J. Roodt's new movie, documenting her life and marriage to the former South African president.
Hudson admits she's finding it tough to leave little David Jr., her seven month old child with fiance David Otunga, for the first time to pursue "the opportunity of a lifetime" - but she's determined to find balance in her personal and professional lives.
She says, "It's such an honour to play such an amazing character. I just want to be prepared. Yes that (flying back and forth) will happen because I can't see me being away. He's not old enough yet (to fly). That will probably happen because I can't see me being away from my baby at all. But we'll make it work."
The Oscar winner was unveiled as the lead in South African filmmaker Darrell J. Roodt's new movie Winnie, documenting her life and marriage to the former South African president.
But Winnie Mandela is "extremely concerned" about the proposed movie because she has not been approached to provide input.
In a letter sent from her attorney Bowman Gilfillan to the film producers, the legal adviser expresses his client's anger and disappointment at being left out of her own story.
He writes, "It is difficult to understand how a production bearing the name of an individual who has not been consulted at all could ever be appropriate or tell the full story of that individual's life as media reports suggest this production is intended to.
"This is certainly the case here, where our client has not responded to allegations and comment which have been made about her, precisely because she has sought to protect her sphere of personal privacy as best she can in extremely difficult and turbulent times."
Roodt's film has already stirred controversy in South Africa - members of a local actors' union hit out at Hudson's casting last month (Dec09), insisting an actor from Mandela's native country should have been cast as the title character in a movie so important to South Africa's history.
The Oscar-winning Dreamgirls star was said to be expecting again, just four months after giving birth to son David Jr. with her fiance, David Otunga.
A source told America's Star magazine, "Jennifer was in total shock when she found out she was having another baby. She had wanted some space between the kids' ages. (But) she and David love kids. It's another thing for them to celebrate during the holidays."
But Hudson's representative Lisa Kasteler insists there is not truth to the claims and instead of preparing for a new arrival, the singer/actress is preparing for a busy working year ahead.
She tells People.com, "Contrary to what has been falsely reported, Jennifer Hudson is not pregnant.
"Jennifer leaves in April for South Africa where she will portray Winnie Mandela in the feature film Winnie. It is a commitment she is excited about and takes very seriously.
"Jennifer is currently in the studio recording her second album and this is the only delivery she is looking forward to in 2010."
The Dreamgirls actress is set to portray Winnie Mandela in South African filmmaker Darrell J. Roodt's new project Winnie, about the famous politician's longtime spouse.
Hudson was delighted to land the leading role, saying: "I was compelled and moved when I read the script. Winnie Mandela is a complex and extraordinary woman and I'm honoured to be the actress asked to portray her. This is a powerful part of history that should be told."
But Hudson's appointment has caused uproar among the members of the Creative Workers Union of South Africa, who insist a local actress should have been cast as the title character in a movie so important to the country's history.
The Union's secretary general, Oupa Lebogo, even goes as far as threatening to boycott the picture if Hudson's casting is not reconsidered.
Lebogo says, "This decision must be reversed, it must be stopped now. If the matter doesn't come up for a discussion, we will push for a moratorium to be placed on the film."
Protesters also argue Hudson's inclusion in the film project will hinder the country's development of its movie industry.
Union president Mabutho Sithole tells The Citizen newspaper, "It can't happen that we want to develop our own Hollywood and yet bring in imports."
December 07, 2009 3:49am EST
Agence France Presse is reporting that South African actors are up in arms over the casting of Jennifer Hudson as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Winnie, an upcoming film by veteran South African director Darrell J. Roodt.
The Creative Workers Union of South Africa said using foreign actors to tell the country's stories undermined efforts to develop the national film industry, AFP reports.
At a heated press briefing in Johannesburg on Saturday, the union and a group of actors said local and international producers must follow the right consultation procedures before "bypassing" the law and bringing international work and actors to South Africa, The Citizen reported.
"It can't happen that we want to develop our own Hollywood and yet bring in imports," the union's president Mabutho Sithole said, according to The Citizen.
The union said it would push for a meeting with the departments of arts and culture and trade and industry as well as home affairs.
Union secretary general Oupa Lebogo said in local newspaper The Times, "This decision must be reversed, it must be stopped now. If the matter doesn't come up for discussion, we will push for a moratorium to be placed on the film being cast in South Africa. We are being undermined; there is no respect at all."
Hudson, an Oscar winner for Dreamgirls, was cast in the role last month.
The criticism comes just days before the opening of Clint Eastwood's Invictus, a drama about Nelson Mandela and South Africa's 1995 rugby World Cup victory.
Morgan Freeman plays the president and Matt Damon is the rugby team captain, although no references were made to that film and its American actors in the round of union comments cited in articles about the Hudson upset this weekend.