Dressed like a Grecian goddess in a powder blue Prada dress, Lupita Nyong'o accepted her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 12 Years a Slave with one of the most stirring, humble and graceful Oscar speech ever.
She started with a giant, roaring "Yes!" that pretty much summed up how she was feeling in the moment. This lioness is the new queen of the Hollywood jungle.
Of course, she had to thank the Academy, saying, "Thank you to the Academy for this incredible recognition."
But it’s what came out of her mouth next that was so powerful. The Yale Drama School-trained actress said, "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." Wow, how truly bittersweet. But that’s what great art does: turn something ugly into something beautiful.
The gorgeous actress continued, "And so I want to salute the spirit of Patsy for her guidance and for Solomon — thank you for telling her story and your own." We were so touched by that reminder
Nyong'o didn't forget the director who gave her this amazing opportunity. "Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion with the breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position. This has been the joy of my life." Then actress then fought back tears. "I'm certain that the dead are standing about you and watching, and they are grateful and so am I."
Nyong'o continued, "Chiwetel, thank you for your fearlessness and how deeply you went into telling Solomon's story.”
Surprisingly, it wasn’t Ejiofor who steadied her during the production. There was someone else who she seemed to rely on more. "Michael Fassbender, thank you so much! You were my rock."
Nyong'o closed with this heartfelt statement that set every dreamer's heart beating. "When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you're from, your dreams are valid."
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