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.
Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First
If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.
Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.
And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.
What I also loved were the new editions. Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman – and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.
Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.
Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne). But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.
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