Academy Awards 2014 live: Supporting actress Lupita Nyong’o: ‘This has been the joy of my life’
By Susan King and Rene Lynch
March 2, 2014, 7:52 p.m.
The Cinderella story is complete: Actress Lupita Nyong’o has won a Best Actress in a Supporting Role Oscar for her first movie role, in “12 Years a Slave.”
It has been an amazing awards season for the Kenyan actress, whose film debut as the brutalized plantation slave Patsey earned her glowing reviews and several critical honors — and transformed her into a red carpet trendsetter.
“This has been the joy of my life,” Nyong’o said, breaking into tears at the 86th Academy Awards. She said poignantly that her happiness had come at the expense of those suffered during the century of slavery in the United States and said she dedicated the honor to children around the world: “No matter where you are from, your dreams are all valid.” The cheering, applauding audience gave her a standing ovation.