Lupita Nyong’o won best supporting actress at Sunday’s 86th Academy Awards for her portrayal of a slave in 1840s Louisiana in “12 Years a Slave.”
“12 Years a Slave” was also named best picture and Best Adapted Screenplay by John Ridley.
Thiswas the first Oscar nomination for Nyong’o, who won it for her film debut. In her acceptance speech, she paid tribute to her character, Patsey.
“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 Patsey for her guidance,” said Nyong’o during her acceptance speech. “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.”
The other nominees Sunday were: Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”; Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”; Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”; and June Squibb, “Nebraska.
The 86th Academy Awards aired live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.