Congratulations to Lupita Nyong’o! So happy that the “12 Years a Slave” star took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, beating out big names Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, June Squibb and Sally Hawkins, for her portrayal of Patsey, a favored but abused slave in the Steve McQueen-directed drama.
And you could just feel the love in the room, not only from the other nominees, but from everyone who was there.
“Yes! 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,” the actress said.
“Steve McQueen, you charge everything that you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position,” Nyong’o continued as she began to get emotional on stage.
“This has been the joy of my life. I’m certain that the dead are standing about you and watching and they’re grateful and so am I. Chiwetel, thank you for your fearlessness and how deeply you went into telling Solomon’s story. Michael Fassbender, thank you so much, you were my rock…I want to thank my family for your training and the Yale school of drama. My friends. My brother Junior sitting by my side.”
The list of thank-you’s continued (ok, she forgot Brad Pitt, but pretty sure it was an accident and she no doubt thanked him backstage). I would not be able to remember my own name if I ever won something like that.
Nyong’o concluded, “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.”