Lupita Nyong’o Wins Best Supporting Actress at the 2014 Oscars
After losing the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress to Jennifer Lawrence, who starred in David O. Russell‘s ‘American Hustle,’ Nyong’o went on to score numerous honors from Austin Film Critics, Black Reel Awards, Broadcast Film Critics Association, Screen Actors Guild and more.
Directed by Steve McQueen, ’12 Years a Slave’ starred Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, an African-American musician who was born a free man in pre-Civil War upstate New York. When he is unceremoniously drugged and sold into slavery, he remains a slave for, as the title suggests, 12 years. Along his travels, he encounters Patsey, played by Nyong’o, the favored slave of a ruthless slave owner (Michael Fassbender).