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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.

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5 Reasons You Need To Know Daveed Diggs

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If you don’t know the name Daveed Diggs you will now! The Oakland native is definitely one to watch in Hollywood. Here are five reasons why.

1. He has already taken Broadway by storm.

In 2016 Diggs nabbed a Tony and a Grammy award for his role as Marquis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” Believe it or not Diggs didn’t even audition for the role. While substitute teaching in Marin County, CA he met Hamilton’s eventual star and creator Lin Manuel-Miranda and director, Thomas Kail who invited him to join their free-style rap group and later helped them craft the fast-rapping revolutionary. 

2. He’s funny. 

Diggs is proving he’s also got some amazing comedy chops with two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). In fact, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage.

3. His first feature film Wonder is in theaters now.

In the film based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Diggs plays Mr. Browne the fifth grade teacher at the school where lead Jacob Tremblay attends. Diggs landed the role after wrapping his run in “Hamilton” and told HH it was like a crash course in film acting alongside Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

4. He’s a rapper. 

His experimental noise rap group Clipping has garnered a major cult following on Youtube. Their LP CLPPNG was an Album Of The Week back in 2014. And in 2016 the trio performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote the release of their six-track EP Wriggle. 

5. He is executive producer of ABC’s The Mayor.  

The show about a struggling young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for local office (and wins) to boost his popularity, debuted this Fall and already is garnering wave reviews. Not surprisingly Diggs and his Clipping bandmates William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, also produce all the music for the show.

 

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