Lupita Nyong’o Wins Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in “12 Years a Slave”; First African to Win an Oscar

(Photo: Kevin Winter, Getty Images)
(Photo: Kevin Winter, Getty Images)

Hollywood newcomer Lupita Nyong’o finished off her Cinderella story with an emotional flourish.

Nyong’o captured the best supporting actress award at the 86th annual Academy Awards for her performance as an abused plantation worker in 12 Years a Slave.

“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,” a teary Nyong’o said of her role as Patsey. “This has been the joy of my life. I’m certain that the dead are standing about you are watching and are grateful and so am I.

“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.”

Jared Leto also had a great finish to a rich awards season, and Frozen put all its animated competitors on ice.

Leto was named best supporting actor for his portrayal of a transgender AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club, following up significant wins at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards.

The actor thanked his mother, a teenage high school dropout and single mom from Louisiana who taught her children “to be creative, work hard and be special.”

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SOURCE: Brian Truitt
USA TODAY