Lupita Nyong’o wins Oscar best supporting actress

March 3, 2014

Lupita Nyong’o has won the best supporting actress Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards for her role in 12 years a slave. According to profiles for Oscar nominees, Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico but grew up in Kenya, a country in the East African region. The Academy Awards that ended few moments ago took place at the Dolby theatre in Los Angeles, and were hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and have no regrets for spending hours catching all the happenings live.  In her acceptance speech, she reminded everyone across the world that there’s a long history behind how she got to that stage. “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else’s,” she said in reference to Patsey, the slave she portrayed in the acclaimed film, which was based on a real-life memoir. Lupita played Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, her first film acting role; her most memorable scene was one in which she receives a flogging for wanting to wash with soap. 12 Years a Slave also won the best picture Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards defeating a nine-strong field.12 Years a Slave becomes the first film from a black director to take the best picture Oscar. The film is based on a memoir by Solomon Northup which was first published in 1853.

The 12 years a slave film was directed by Steve McQueen and based on the real-life memoir of kidnap victim Solomon Northup which was played by Chiwetel Ejiofor and there were starring roles for Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch. Nyong’o thanked her co-stars and her director Steve McQueen, saying: “Thank you for putting me in this position; it has been the joy of my life. I’m certain that the dead are standing around you and saluting you.” She concluded with a message to children everywhere: “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” Oscars 2014 host Ellen Degeneres also posted a record-breaking ‘selfie’ with, brace yourself (left-to-right): Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’O, Peter N’yongO and Angelina Jolie. Within minutes of DeGeneres posting the photo on Twitter, the photo racked up more than half a million re-tweets and 300,000 favorites. I can say with authority that her kenyan family and friends could not be happier or prouder of Lupita.Everyone is thrilled in Nairobi and her father’s western Kenyan city of Kisumu. Contador Harrison can only ask Lupita to aim for the top and follow her own dreams! Congrats.

Contador Harrison