Lupita Nyong’o Wins Best Supporting Actress for role in ’12 Years a Slave’

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38 Responses to Lupita Nyong’o Wins Best Supporting Actress for role in ’12 Years a Slave’

  1. Liza says:

    Great pictures, SG2.

    We knew Lupita Nyong’o was going to win, but it’s nice to see it actually happen. I love her acceptance speech, she seems to be handling fame quite well. She is so extraordinarily beautiful plus the talent, so I suspect that she will have more good film roles soon.

    It was also good to see Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt, and John Ridley get recognition for this film.

  2. Pride of Africa: Kenya celebrates Nyong’o’s Oscar

    NAIROBI, Kenya — “You are the pride of Africa,” Kenya’s president exclaimed on Twitter as he celebrated Kenya’s first major Oscar win by actress Lupita Nyong’o.

    Nyong’o was the topic of the day on Kenya’s radio and TV stations Monday, the day after her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in the movie “12 Years A Slave.”

    At a conference at the United Nations headquarters in Nairobi, more than 300 people broke out into applause after Wanjira Maathai — the daughter of the late Kenyan Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai — mentioned her mother and Nyong’o in the same sentence.

  3. Lupita Nyong’o Wins the Night with Absolutely Beautiful, Tearful Oscar Speech

    We called it: newcomer and noted Beautiful Human Lupita Nyong’o handily won Best Supporting Actress for her work in 12 Years A Slave, and immediately owned her Oscar speech, starting with a Liza Minelli bear hug and a standing ovation from her fellow nominees and the entire theater.

    “YES!!” she screamed, but then followed, so perfectly, with her dedication of her award to the difficult source material.

    “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 Patsy,” she said through tears. “And for Solomon [Northup, the author of 12 Years a Slave], thank you for telling her story, and your own.”

  4. After viewing ’12 Years A Slave’, I was so emotionally drained that I couldn’t speak about the film for days. I had to first process the brutality.

    Families destroyed, children ripped from their parents and sold for profit, merciless beatings occurred without blinking an eye. 12 Years A Slave is only a glimpse into the ugly raw monstrous brutality of slavery.

    • Liza says:

      White Americans do not know their own history, and this is the problem that won’t go away. It affects everything, absolutely everything, and keeps more than half the nation hard wired into a fictitious history and false perceptions about who we were and who we are. There is a lot more to be gained by owning up to the horrific wrongs of the past.

  5. The Destruction of the Black Family- Part 2

    [Patsey] had a genial and pleasant temper, and was faithful and obedient. Naturally, she was a joyous creature, a laughing, light-hearted girl, rejoicing in the mere sense of existence. Yet Patsey wept oftener and suffered more than any of her companions. She had been literally excoriated. Her back bore the scars of a thousand stripes ⎯ not because she was backward in her work, nor because she was of an unmindful and rebellious spirit, but because it had fallen to her lot to be the slave of a licentious master and a jealous mistress. She shrank before the lustful eye of the one, and was in danger even of her life at the hands of the other, and between the two she was indeed accursed.

    In the great house, for days together, there were high and angry words, poutings and estrangement, whereof she was the innocent cause. Nothing delighted the mistress so much as to see her suffer, and more than once, when Epps had refused to sell her, has she tempted me with bribes to put her secretly to death and bury her body in some lonely place in the margin of the swamp.

    Gladly would Patsey have appeased this unforgiving spirit if it had been in her power, but not like Joseph, dared she escape from Master Epps, leaving her garment in his hand. Patsey walked under a cloud. If she uttered a word in opposition to her master’s will, the lash was resorted to at once to bring her to subjection. If she was not watchful when about her cabin, or when walking in the yard, a billet of wood or a broken bottle, perhaps, hurled from her mistress’ hand, would smite her unexpectedly in the face. The enslaved victim of lust and hate, Patsey had no comfort of her life.

    SOLOMON NORTHUP, Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, 1853

  6. Yahtc says:

    Touré ‏@Toure

    So amazing to see a powerful, unflinching, deadly serious film about slavery that was directed by a brilliant Black man win BP.

    • Ametia says:

      It’s about time. Hollywood had their day in the sun with the racist film BIRTH OF NATION & that sickening Gone with the Wind. I guess it was just a way of life for Mammy Hattie McDaniels in that movie too. Scare & Racist tactics with B.O.N. Glamorizing and GLORIFYING Mammy in GWTW.


  7. 6 Reasons 12 Years a Slave Mattered

    12 Years A Slave

    When 12 Years a Slave opened nationally last November, it launched endless conversations about the legacy of slavery and race in America.

    Director Steve McQueen’s hauntingly graphic depiction of slavery even made some people declare they were sitting this one out because they couldn’t bear to watch. This may have included some Oscar voters, which has led to talk that the film may be doomed at Sunday’s Academy Awards.

    Whether or not it wins the best picture Oscar, the film has seeped into America culture. The long-term effects may never be fully measured, but the recent announcement that both the movie and the memoir on which it is based will be used in high school curricula ensures that people will be discussing it for years to come.

    1. It introduced the world to Solomon Northup and the slave-narrative genre. Most people probably never heard the story of Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. But as pointed out by The Root’s editor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates Jr., McQueen’s stunning depiction of Northup’s vividly detailed memoir helped revive interest in the book, which landed on the New York Times best-sellers list 160 years after it was first published. In its day, the book was also a best-seller and an important testament to the dangers free blacks faced while slavery continued in the South, something white abolitionists believed but couldn’t prove until Northup’s book came along.

    2. It made (white) people talk about slavery. From the moment the film first screened at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado last August, critics and culture writers were calling 12 Years the first movie to truly capture the horror and devastation of “America’s original sin.” Indiewire’s Eric Kohn called the film “a slavery movie for the ages.” New York magazine Vulture blogger Kyle Buchanan went Kohn one better, declaring in September—months before the Oscar nominations were even announced—that “Your Best Picture Winner Will Be 12 Years a Slave.” New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait, in a smartly written piece, hypothesized how Northup’s quiet dignity might explain the disdain some people feel for President Obama.

    And even though Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen was (correctly) derided for not knowing how horrible slavery truly was, the one kernel of truth he did get right was that schools have done a pretty crappy job of teaching slavery. Now that the memoir and the film will be available to high school teachers, perhaps that will change.

    3. It announced the arrival of a new Steve McQueen to Hollywood. For people of a certain age, hearing the name “Steve McQueen” evoked memories of the tough-guy actor known as “the King of Cool,” who generally gave bad dudes a hard time and drove fast cars in movies and real life.

    But with just three feature films to his name, British director Steve McQueen has proved himself to be an artist completely in control of his craft, who possesses the skill to tell gut-wrenchingly difficult stories about complex characters—his 2011 film Shame offers a look into the life of a man in the throes of sex addiction, while 2008’s Hunger tells the harrowing true story of Irish hunger strike leader Bobby Sands (like 12 Years a Slave, both films featured Brit actor Michael Fassbender).

    More at the link above.

  8. “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. ” – Lupita Nyong’o


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