In the Steve McQueen directed film she portrayed Patsey, a favored but abused slave.
Ms. Nyongo, a newcomer to Holywood and the entertainment biz, is already know for her incredible speeches. Tonight, she didn’t disappoint again.
After dealing with the reality of winning, she made her way to the stage to accept her award and thanked director Steve McQueen, the other actors, parents, friends, brother and others. But probably the most quotable and inspiring thing she said was, “no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”
Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar win comes after taking the same award at the Screen Actors Guild awards, a good barometer of Oscar winners. This is the first Academy Award for the Mexico City-born, Kenyan-raised actress. It was just yesterday, Saturday, that she also won a Spirit Award for best supporting actress. She has also won the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. Award for the role, as well as a number of regional accolades from critics/groups in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Phoenix and more.
Nyong’o was three weeks shy of graduating from Yale Drama School when she was cast by McQueen.