Lupita Nyong’o is officially an Academy Award winning actress.
On Sunday night, the Kenyan beauty took home her very first golden statue for her role as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s, 12 Years a Slave. The poised, Yale graduate, who beat out Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Sally Hawkins and June Squibb was moved to tears when accepting the award for Best Supporting Actress.
“Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition. It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s. And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsey for her guidance. And for Solomon, thank you for telling her story and your own,” she said.
Nyong’o continued, “Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting in this position this has been the joy of my life,” she said as she broke down. “Chiwetel, thank you for your fearlessness and how deeply you went into telling Solomon’s story.”
“When I look down at this golden statue may it remind me and every little child that no mater where you’re from, you’re dreams are valid.”
Lupita, who stunned in a custom Prada light blue silk gown, has dominated this award season. The 31-year-old, who won her first SAG and Critics Choice Award earlier this year, also took home an Independent Spirit Award on Saturday night.
What an incredible weekend for the star!
Dwyane Wade On New Heartfelt Documentary: It’s A Story “I Never Got A Chance To Tell As A Kid”
It’s been an epic week for Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union.
It first started with one of the biggest trades of the year with Wade returning back to Miami to finish the rest of the season with the Heat. “I was happy,” Wade told us on Thursday night about the trade.
He added, “The journey of the NBA took me to Chicago, it took me to Cleveland, but it also brought me back to Miami; a place from a basketball sense birthed me.”
Days following the big NBA announcement, the lovebirds then celebrated the release of Dwyane’s documentary, Shot in the Dark, which the NBA champion produced alongside Chance the Rapper.
The film follows the Orr Academy High School basketball team on Chicago’s Westside. Throughout the documentary, cameras capture the journey of individual athletes trying to make it to the NBA despite growing up in the violent streets of Chicago.
During the screening, Wade also opened up to HipHollywood about why the project was near and dear to his heart. “It’s home,” the Chicago native said. “I jumped on board right away because it’s a story being told that I never got a chance to tell as a kid. To be able to shed some positive light on a tough, dark situation for us was big.”
Union added, “I’m so proud. Coming up on Hoop Dreams … It explores so many other topics that are critical to kids in Chicago.”
As for whether or not D-Wade picked up some advice from his TV star boo, not quite. When asked what tips Union gave Wade ahead of the project, the actress told us, “None. You have to learn. Humility and school of hard knocks. Things are not going to go your way and you have to learn through experience just like the rest of us.”
Check out the documentary on February 24 on Fox Sports.
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