Oscars 2014: Lupita Nyong'o beats Jennifer Lawrence to Best Supporting Actress
12 Years a Slave star won for her performance as gutsy slave Patsy
Kenyan rising star Lupita Nyong'o has taken home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, beating American Hustle rival Jennifer Lawrence to the accolade.
Nyong'o, 32, won the award for her debut feature film role as gutsy slave Patsy in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave.
The actress was overcome with emotion when last year's Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz announced her name burying her head in her hands as her family and co-stars bestowed their congratulations.
Taking to the stage, a tearful Nyong'o paid tribute to the harrowing real life events on which the slavery drama is based:
"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.
"Steve McQueen, you charge everything you fashion with a breath of your own spirit. Thank you so much for putting me in this position.
"I'm certain that the dead are standing around you and are watching and are grateful, and so am I.
"Chiewetel (Ejiofor), thank you for your fearfulness and how deeply you went into telling Solomon's story."
Nyong'o continued to thank her family and friends, including her brother Peter who crashed what must be the best selfie in history, taken by Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres earlier in the night.
Speaking backstage after accepting her award, Nyong'o said:
“I know that my country [Kenya] has been extremely proud of me … I’m so grateful for the support from the entire world. The fact that I won in so many people’s hearts is incredible, and I’m so grateful for that.
“[The Oscar] is in my hands but I haven’t got my mind around it yet. You hear people wanting you to win and predicting you’ll win, but it’s just not real until you hear Christoph Waltz say your name.
“I feel like Willy Wonka in the chocolate factory.”
game of thrones reviewWarning: spoilers
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 If I were Prime Minister: I'd give tax cuts to the rich, keep Trident, and get my football team wrong
- 2 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
- 3 University student in court for allegedly covering housemates' food in window cleaner and spit
- 4 Ryan Gosling posts tribute to 'Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal' creator Ryan McHenry
- 5 Garland shooting: Isis claims attack on Prophet Mohamed cartoon contest in Texas as its first action on US soil
Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
Eurovision 2015: What date is the song contest and who are the favourites to win?
Game of Thrones, season 5 episode 4, review: Sansa in danger of becoming another footnote in Westeros' bloody history
Noel Gallagher 'cannot wait' to hear Oasis-inspired One Direction album but rants about 'pointless' Tidal and Spotify
Top Gear: Paul Hollywood criticises BBC's handling of Jeremy Clarkson - 'whether he left is almost immaterial'
In defence of liberal democracy
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally