What works about Holliday's exceptional performance is that she plays her age, instead of trying to emulate Hudson and Headley.
Shug is now now a woman past her prime, desperately trying to cling to her youth, sex appeal, and glory days. And it's truly heartbreaking. Holliday blew me away. Everything about her performance worked for me. Obviously I knew she had the pipes, but I never knew she was such a brilliant actress. Her book scenes are the highlight of her performanc