Lupita Nyong’o’s Emotional Acceptance Speech At Critics Choice Awards

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Lupita Nyong’o is kicking off 2014 with a boom.

On Thursday morning, it was announced that the star was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Patsey in Steven McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. And literally just hours later, Nyong’o took home a Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress.

As Jonah Hill announced Nyong’o’s name, Lupita was quickly moved with emotion. The star tearfully made her way to the stage and delivered one of the most memorable acceptance speeches of the evening.

“I’m so honored to be here and I just want to thank the BFCA for this incredible honor,” she started off. “This has been an incredible year of excellent performances and in my category I feel so honored to be in the likes of June Squibb, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett Johansson.”

“Being a part of 12 Years a Slave has been one of the most profound experiences of my life. And I could not be standing here had it had not been for Solomon Northup and his love and passion for freedom,” the Yale graduate explained.

Nyong’o went on to thank director Steven McQueen for being such an inspiration. “Steve your passion, your dedication and your smile inspired me everyday on set. And it continues to inspire me now.”

The Kenyan beauty is also up for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role. The SAG Awards will air live on TNT and TBS on January 18 at 8pm.