Lupita Nyong’o Wins First Oscar, Delivers Emotional Acceptance Speech
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!